National Forum on Children and Young People from Refugee Backgrounds

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Monday 15th July – Tuesday 16th July 2013
University of Sydney Law School

This 2-day forum will showcase research, policy and practice from around Australia in relation to children and young people from refugee backgrounds.

Monday 15th July 2013: Children, Youth and the Refugee Experience - innovative research in partnership
Day 1 will have a focus on research, presenting findings from an ambitious national multidisciplinary project that has been examining resettlement, asylum and settlement issues as they relate to refugee children and youth. It will also provide an opportunity for people working in various sectors with children and young people from refugee backgrounds to come together to learn about new research within their field and to learn about and engage with people working in complementary fields.

Tuesday 16th July 2013: Young People from Refugee Backgrounds – exploring policy and practice in the Australian context
Auspiced by the MYAN (Australia) in partnership with the University of Sydney and a range of organisations, Day 2 will focus on practice, providing opportunities for professional development and cross-sectoral collaboration for people working with young people from refugee backgrounds around Australia.

The day has been structured to provide opportunities to explore good practice and identify emerging issues for both young people and the sector. This will in turn assist in the identification of key policy and advocacy priorities. During the day there will be two plenary sessions and four concurrent streams focusing on education, health, youth-focused settlement services and migration law.

Target Audience
The forum is targeted to anyone working with young people from refugee backgrounds, around Australia, in either the government or non-government sectors. This includes those working in a settlement context, in education, health and those working in the broader youth or multicultural youth sectors. It also includes those working with asylum seekers.

Evening Reception Monday 15th July
A reception will be held on Monday 15th July 5.30 – 7.00pm. Guest speaker: Dr David Corlett – presenter of Go Back to Where You Came From.