Hot Topics in Child Health: The Child Refugee

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28 April 2017
8.30am - 4.30pm
Cavendish Conference Centre, 22 Duchess Mews, London W1G 9DT
Spaces available

According to figures from United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), we are now witnessing the highest levels of global displacement on record, with nearly 21.3 million refugees spread across the globe. Over half of these individuals are under the age of 18.

How do we work to together to support child refugees?

To address this challenge, Lord Dubs, the Labour Peer who originally came to the UK on KinderTransport, sponsored an amendment to the Immigration Act, committing the government to help some of the child refugees believed to be travelling unaccompanied through Europe. When these children arrive in the UK they require immediate, joined-up care from a range of services and often present with a complex set of needs.

This one-day conference will bring together professionals from a range of sectors to discuss the challenges they face, share knowledge and hear from those with significant expertise in this field. Expert-led workshops will cover key issues faced by many unaccompanied children, including child trafficking, mental health, transition and age assessment .

Inspirational speakers
Hear from leading voices in the child refugee debate. Speakers already confirmed include:

  • Lord Dubs, Labour Peer
  • Phosphoros Theatre Company ‘Dear Home Office’
  • Maurice Wren, Chief Executive of the Refugee Council
  • Sarah Hammond from Kent County Council & The Home Office
  • Dr John Simmonds OBE, Director of Policy, Research & Development, CoramBAAF
  • Dr Susannah Fairweather, Consultant Psychiatrist in a Specialist NHS Refugee Child & Family Mental Health Team                  (Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Kip Gibbens & Swati Pande, NSPCC Child Trafficking Centre
  • The Children’s Society


RCPCH Consultant Members - £175.00
Non RCPCH Consultants - £200.00
Trainee Doctors, SAS and other healthcare professionals - £150.00
Public Sector, charity and not-for-profit - £150.00
Corporate and Private Sector - £225.00
Students and Foundation Year Doctors - £100.00

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Objectives & learning outcomes

This issue has become all the more prevalent since the refugee crisis caused by displaced people of Syria and other devastated territories. The conference is a knowledge sharing, discussion based event to ensure attendees are more aware of the issues affecting these separated children, and engaging multiple disciplines to share best practice on caring for these children by those that have experienced giving the care or have issued guidance.

The key objective is to bring together multiple disciplines including the health sector, education, social care, the legal system, public sector and voluntary sector to encourage joined-up thinking leading to integrated services.



Representatives from the health sector; education; social care; the legal system; public sector; voluntary sector; and other government agencies