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Healing through helping others

Refugee Week is a time to celebrate the contributions, creativity and resilience of people seeking safety. Two years ago, we launched a campaign with a group of young people. Each of them arrived in the UK as children and were supported by our services. Now they want to help others. This year’s Refugee Week is about healing. Here’s what healing means to them, in their own words.

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Understanding healing

Many of us might understand healing in terms of physical recovery, but it’s a deeper mental process as well. A journey of self-love and letting go of past pain and trauma. For those of us forced to flee our homes, it’s even more important and difficult.

Home is a special place for all of us. It’s the cradle of life, love and sanctuary. But when children are forced to leave their homes to seek safety, some of us have to make horrendous journeys alone. 

The road to recovery

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Through working with The Children's Society, we are recovering from the trauma we've experienced. They understand that healing is an emotional journey to rebuild your life, to be a child and feel cared for.

They look beyond the end of what standard services provide. They try to find other ways to support you because they know you need help.

Reliving trauma

The immigration system makes it hard for young people to heal. The complex process can take years to navigate, with endless questions that force children to relive their trauma. 

Imagine struggling mentally, and when you try to explain what you have been through you are not believed.  

Imagine someone questioning how you feel.

Space to feel safe

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Space to feel safe

With help we have been given the space to feel safe, to heal. We’ve been empowered to rebuild our lives through therapy, peer mentors and participation, where we lead on work to influence change on things that matter to us. 

We know the importance of healing, as we’ve endured these challenges first-hand. Part of our healing journey is telling our stories and using our experiences to improve the immigration system for children that arrive in the future. 

Next steps

The Youth-led Commission on Separated Children are a group of young people, campaigning so all children arriving in the UK alone have a guardian to support them. Schemes already exist in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

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Help young refugees

Hear the Youth-led Commission's journey so far. Send a message of support this Refugee Week and share their call.