High numbers of refugees, many of whom children and young people, made their way to Europe in 2015 and 2016. Social services in local and regional authorities are key in promoting their successful integration in societies. At this seminar, organised in cooperation with ESN’s Swedish member, the National Board of Health and Welfare, we will discuss examples of policy and practice for the social inclusion of migrant children and young people. We will cover the following themes:
- Unaccompanied migrant children in the public care system;
- Families on the move;
- Migrant young people’s transition to adulthood.
Participants will have the opportunity to hear about and exchange on child protection and guardianship, housing, health care, mental health support, education, training, and employment.
Guglielmo Schininà, Head of Mental Health, Psychosocial Response and Intercultural Communication Section, International Organisation for Migration
Guglielmo is a world renowned expert in psychosocial activities in wartorn situations and disasters with vulnerable migrants and trafficking victims. He has worked as a manager of psychosocial programmes, psychosocial technical advisor and psychosocial trainer in more than 30 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean for international organisations, including UNICEF and the United Nations Development Programme.
Manuela Geleng, Head of Unit for Social Investment Strategy, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission
Manuela Geleng heads the Social Investment Strategy Unit and the taskforce ‘Refugees’ in the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission. Previously, she was the Head of the unit responsible for the European Social Fund. She has also worked for the United Nations Development Programme in the United States and Central Africa.
Lucio Melandri, Senior Emergency Manager, Refugee & Migrant Crisis in Europe, UNICEF
Lucio has extensive experience in coordinating emergency responses and humanitarian interventions in countries like Jordan, where he coordinated the UNICEF response to the refugee influx. In the 90s, he was instructor of International Humanitarian Law for the International Movement of the Red Cross and worked as a Director for international NGOs. He also served as a Senior Humanitarian Adviser for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Maria Zuber, Policy and Legal Officer/Trade Negotiator at European Commission
Maria Zuber has worked in the European Commission since 2010 dealing with various portfolios concerning human rights, migration, asylum, security and international trade. She led on the EU's conclusion of the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, negotiated mobility chapters of the EU free trade agreements and coordinated relations of the Commission with the Council of the EU on home affairs. Currently she coordinates issues related to minors falling under competence of the Commission's Directorate General for Migration and Home Affairs.
David Brindle, Public Services Editor of the Guardian newspaper
David Brindle is Public Services Editor of the Guardian newspaper. He specialises in social policy issues and has won awards for his coverage of health and social care and the voluntary sector. He is a regular conference chair and speaker. He is chair of NDTi, the National Development Team for Inclusion, a not-for-profit social change organisation, and is vice-chair of the Recovery Focus group of mental health and addiction charities, founded by Richmond Fellowship.
Jessica Farnan, Manager of the Youth and Education Service for Refugees and Migrants (formerly Separated Children’s Service) in the Curriculum Development Unit (CDU), City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB)
Since its creation in 2001, Jessica has managed and developed the service, which aims to respond to the diverse and often complex needs of young refugees and unaccompanied children. In collaboration with other agencies, Jessica has advocated for and consulted on the development of intercultural policies and practices across the education and youth sector. Jessica also worked with the Irish Refugee Council and was a member of the Board of Access Ireland- a cultural mediation and refugee integration project.
More speakers to be annouced soon.
- European Social Network (2016) The impact of the refugee crisis on local public social services in Europe
- Article on 'The Guardian', written by ESN Policy Director Alfonso Lara Montero
- Video 'Listening to unaccompanied minors'
- Video 'Investing in children’s services: a focus on unaccompanied minors'
- European Social Network (2005) Promoting Inclusion for Unaccompanied Young Asylum Seekers and Immigrants