Family Reunification Project
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Family Reunification Project



Family Reunification Project

Our Family Reunification Project provides advice and practical and emotional guidance for refugee children and young people arriving in the UK to live with extended family.

  • Since 2019, we have supported refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Angola and Kuwait.
  • In the last year, we supported 65 new young people and their families 
  • 60% of young people have been supported in registering in school and continuing their education. 

Young refugees face many obstacles when arriving in the UK. Some may have not seen their family members for many years and some will have faced severe trauma and hardship along their journey prompting future mental health needs.  While family members can be in a very good position to support these concerns, we recognise that it can also be overwhelming and confusing. Support, including knowledge and access to services is vital for families through these difficult times.

Since this project was launched in 2019, we have supported young people to access education and NHS mental health services; we have signposted families to legal advice and representation, as well as identifying local social support and activities. We have also successfully advocated and supported families to apply for benefits and appropriate housing.

We are proud to be working in collaboration with charities such as Safe Passage and Refugee Action on this project. 

CFAB is grateful to The Henry Smith Charity, The Rayne Foundation, The Dulverton Trust and the BBC Children in Need Fund for their support of this project.

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Arising from the events in Afghanistan in August 2021, CFAB are responding by offering a Social Work Assessment to accompany asylum and family unification applications to the Home Office that involve minors, especially unaccompanied minors. We accept referrals from Solicitors.

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We have introduced a Legal Advice Service to ensure the best intentions for children are reflected legally when they are reunited with family in another country.