On the 27th of February from 11am-12pm, Missing People and The Children’s Society will be holding a webinar about our new guidance on supporting unaccompanied children who arrive in the UK and are at risk of going missing.
We know that unaccompanied children are some of those most at risk of going missing and of staying missing long term. It is vital that professionals across a range of different agencies work together to prevent these young people from going missing and to help find them and ensure their safety if they do go.
The guidance we are launching provides good practice in preventing children from going missing, preparing for the possibility that they will go, and supporting the investigation to find them if they do. At this webinar, you will hear more about the guidance and some examples of good practice from across different agencies.
The guidance in this session will be helpful for social workers, youth workers, local authorities, police, care placement providers, third sector, and any other professionals working with unaccompanied children.
Josie Allan, Head of Policy and Partnerships, Missing People
Josie is the Head of Policy and Partnerships for Missing People and has led their policy work since 2016. She has worked with previously missing adults, children and their families to campaign for a better response when anyone is reported missing, and for improvements in the support provided when people return from missing. Recent work has focussed on the response for care-experienced children, including leading consultation with young people from across the country, and supporting the development of the Children Missing from Care Framework. Other projects include campaigns to challenge inequities in the response to missing people from marginalised ethnic communities; developing guidance for professionals working with unaccompanied children who are at risk of going missing; and influencing national police policy development.
James Simmonds-Read, National Prevention Programme Manager, The Children’s Society
James has twenty years of experience of both direct work and managing services to support refugee and migrant children and adults, exploitation and abuse survivors and missing children. James has worked extensively with male victims of sexual abuse and internationally trafficked children and has spent the past 5 years leading The Children’s Society’s national Prevention Programme to drive improved collaboration and professional practice around child exploitation across England and Wales. An experienced trainer, facilitator and strategic thinker, James provides support to leaders across Government, law enforcement, children’s services and the commercial sector to drive more holistic and inclusive practice that ensures all young victims of exploitation and abuse are recognised and receive appropriate support.
Jimmy Zachariah, Chief Executive, Baca
Born and raised in Kuwait, whilst coming from an Indian family, Jimmy came to the UK as an international student. Experiences of having fled Kuwait as a child during the 1st Gulf War and being an international student have given Jimmy unique insights to relate to the journey of young people who have fled war, persecution or exploitation whilst trying their best to integrate cross-culturally with life in the UK. Jimmy is committed to inspiring children and young people with Hope, so that they can be all that they can be, no matter their past experiences nor their present circumstances. With this as his mission, Jimmy leads the work of Baca, a local charity working with unaccompanied young people seeking refuge from war, persecution and or trafficking. Jimmy is also a Governor of WQE Sixth Form College supporting the College’s mission to enable every student to be extraordinary.
Laura Durán, Head of Policy, Advocacy and Research, ECPAT UK
Laura has extensive experience working against the exploitation and trafficking of children, leading ECPAT UK’s research and policy work on trafficked children’s rights for over five years. Laura has authored various reports and represents ECPAT UK in government and civil society working groups, contributing expertise to enhance the UK’s response to child trafficking. She also leads on a number of international projects on responses to children in migration and preventing exploitation. Prior to this, Laura managed ECPAT UK’s capacity building program and trained thousands of frontline professionals on identifying and safeguarding potential child victims of human trafficking. She has worked directly supporting unaccompanied children in the UK and has over 10 years’ experience as an educator in public programs.
Bookings are now closed for this event.