17 July 2018
RSN team members Torie and Georgina smash their fundraising target for young refugees in Oxford

Asylum seekers offered a lifeline by a London university

13 July 2018
An article about university scholarships cites RSN's research and our calls for more financial support to help asylum seekers access higher education

Separation of children and parents in US: What can we do?

26 June 2018
A statement from our Director on the separation of asylum-seeking children from their parents at the US border: here's what you can do today.

Does more education mean better futures?

22 June 2018

We've just completed research for UNU-Wider into the impact of educational achievement on the integration and wellbeing of Afghan refugee youth in the UK. Catherine, RSN's director, explains more:

A fab day out for young refugees: can you chip in?

1 June 2018

20 young refugees and asylum seekers in Oxford currently meet each week with their RSN volunteer mentor. Since we started this project in March 2017, 23 young people have been supported through this project to do well in education, grow in confidence and feel more at home in their community.

RSN in Birmingham: we're recruiting!

31 May 2018

We're looking for someone to join our team in Birmingham - could it be you?

We must stop failing those we have pledged to protect

3 May 2018

Over the past few weeks, the plight of the Windrush generation has cast light on the complexity of the immigration system, the impact of the ‘hostile environment’ on people in communities across our country, and the fact that individuals are forcibly removed to countries where they have few, if any, support networks and opportunities. Many of those affected by these realities came to this country as unaccompanied children seeking asylum.

Waiting for asylum: the impact on children going through the process

2 May 2018

In 2017, 2,206 unaccompanied children claimed asylum in the UK. Many of these children have to wait a long time for a decision on their cases, leading to uncertainty and mental health issues. The government is currently facing legal action over extensive delays in processing child asylum claims. 

Higher education for refugee youth: what can universities do to help?

20 April 2018

In spite of its benefits to individuals and communities, just 1% of refugees make it to higher education. What can universities do to address this situation?

Young asylum seekers ‘face blanket study ban’

11 April 2018

A small number of young people we work with have been affected by a legal change restricting their access to education. We spoke to the Observer about the negative impact that the withdrawal of the right to study will have on young asylum seekers for whom education is one of the most positive aspects of their lives.

Aisha: fighting for a university education

19 March 2018

As sixth form winds to a close many young people are looking to the next step, university. But for some, worries about getting the required grades are just a part of their uncertainty about the future. 

Running for young refugees

9 March 2018

Meet some friends of RSN who've put on their trainers and run for young refugees.

Is Afghanistan safe for returnees?

5 March 2018

Our director, Catherine Gladwell, talks to the Guardian about the safety of young people forced to return to Afghanistan. 

Our call to protect survivors of child trafficking

6 February 2018

We've signed ECPAT UK's open letter to the Home Secretary, asking her to reconsider the decision to return a survivor of child trafficking to a country where he has no family or support networks and to reform the support provided to all children identified as victims of modern slavery in the UK.

Civil servants getting creative for RSN

25 January 2018

Jon and his colleagues at the civil service have got stuck into supporting RSN over the past few months. In this guest blog post, he tells us what they've been up to and extends an invitation to a film screening on 9th February. Join us!

Supporting forced migrants into higher education

25 January 2018

The Article 26 project, which equips universities to develop and implement scholarships for asylum-seeking students, has just launched a set of guiding principles which provide the foundations for any sanctuary initiative designed to support the success of forced migrants in higher education. 

RSN in Al-Fanar Media: Bridging a gap in education support for refugees

8 January 2018

What do we prioritise in our work and research? How do we bridge the gap between the UK and overseas? What difference does educational support make? We talked to Al-Fanar Media about our history, work and ethos. 

New project! Specialist higher education support work

4 January 2018

This new component of our higher education programme aims to enable young refugees, asylum seekers and survivors of trafficking who are facing barriers in accessing higher education to overcome these obstacles and move forward in their education through face-to-face specialist advice, guidance and support. And read on for information about a great event at KCL that we'll be part of in February. 

"I want to study and play sport"

2 January 2018

What is life like for young asylum seekers in the UK? Read Ashanhullah's story to find out more.

Christmas greetings

19 December 2017

At this time of light and hope, we want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has played a part in our work over the past year. Watch RSN's Christmas message, from our director Catherine Gladwell. 

Look no further for fundraising ideas

1 December 2017

Want to raise funds for young refugees, but need some ideas? Look no further...

One donation, twice the impact

14 November 2017

This year, we’re part of The Big Give, a week-long funding challenge. Between midday on Tuesday 28th November and midday on Tuesday 5th December, we’ll be trying to raise £2,000 for RSN. This will then be matched by 10 RSN ‘champions’ and a charitable trust, giving us a grand total of £4,000! So, if someone gives £10, we’ll get £20. If someone gives £40, we’ll get £80. And so on… 

In memory of John

19 October 2017

Ben and David Payne ran the Hull Marathon to say thank you to Hull NICU for the care they showed Ben's son Felix and to raise money for Refugee Support Network in memory of their incredible brother, John (pictured right).

"A computer can be life-changing"

17 October 2017

This is the story about an unaccompanied refugee child who wanted to give something back and to support young people who now find themselves in the situation he was once in.

Ancient objects for modern dilemmas

10 October 2017

This lovely evening at Upstairs at The Ritzy in Brixton, organised by Verena, a former mentor and long-term friend of RSN, celebrated the shared heritage, beauty and important human developments from the ancient Middle East, through art, music and spoken word.

RSN launches new educational mentoring hub in Birmingham

9 August 2017

We are thrilled to announce that we've expanded our educational mentoring programme to a second city outside of London: Birmingham. 

RSN launches new educational mentoring hub in Oxford

1 June 2017

We are delighted to announce that we've started working in Oxford; the first city outside of London where we are running our educational mentoring programme. 

Young asylum seeker attacked in Croydon

6 April 2017

RSN is part of the Croydon Young Refugees Network, an umbrella group of around 30 organisations working to improve opportunities and outcomes for young refugees and asylum seekers in the Croydon area. We were signatories to the group's statement in response to the recent attack of a 17 year old Kurdish boy

Springboard: a better future for newly arrived teenagers

16 March 2017

We're delighted to partner with Springboard, a new initiative which aims to bridge the gap to provide the necessary support that is lacking in the mainstream school system. 

RSN on the radio: refugee children and mental health

13 March 2017

A new report, Invisible Wounds, from Save the Children has revealed how the war in Syria has ruined childhoods, leading to ‘toxic stress’ across a generation of children, leaving a life-long impact on their mental and physical health.

Britain must not shut the door on lone child refugees

14 February 2017

Read our letter to the Evening Standard, calling on the government to make refugee children welcome

Refugee children are welcome here

1 February 2017

Here's our letter to the Evening Standard, welcoming the call by the former Archbishop of Canterbury to make refugee children welcome in the UK.

RSN in Forced Migration Review

1 February 2017

Read our articles in Forced Migration Review about our research into what happens to former unaccompanied asylum-seeking children who are forcibly removed to Afghanistan after turning 18.

A deadly journey for children

1 February 2017

A new report from UNICEF - ‘A Deadly Journey for Children: The Central Mediterranean Migrant Route’ - provides an in-depth look at the extreme risks facing refugee and migrant children as they make the perilous journey from sub-Saharan Africa into Libya and across the sea to Italy. 

Celebrating a 40th birthday with a fundraising gig for RSN

15 December 2016

Huge thanks to everyone who came to this brilliant gig with Yakobo, Jess Hall and David Benjamin Blower at the fabulous Half Moon in Putney. The proceeds from ticket sales (an amazing £700!!!) will go directly to our work of helping young refugees build more hopeful futures through education. We were so grateful to everyone who came along and to the artists who generously shared their time and talents. 

RSN in the Guardian: How schools are helping refugee children to succeed

12 December 2016

We talk to the Guardian about how schools are helping refugee children to succeed and move forward with their lives.

We climbed Kilimanjaro for RSN!

8 July 2016

Laura, one of our volunteer educational mentors, and her husband Jon raised £3000 for RSN by undertaking one of the biggest challenges of her life. Before this challenge, she explained why:

Youth on the Move

1 July 2016

RSN's Youth on the Move programme came to an end in April 2016. 

Benedict Cumberbatch's birthday gift to RSN

10 June 2016

Benedict Cumberbatch turned 40 this year and to celebrate it was announced that "the fandom" would come together and, instead of giving gifts, raises as much money as they could for charity. We were delighted to be chosen as one of these charities, alongside Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) and Lesvos Solidarity, and even more delighted when the campaign smashed its target by 2400% and gave each organisation £8,000. 

We talk to the media about boys sent back to Afghanistan

7 April 2016

After the publication of our After Return research, our team and work have featured in a range of articles and podcasts about the issues facing young people after forced removal to Afghanistan.

The refugee crisis: six months on

25 January 2016

RSN speaks alongside the Bishop of Manchester at a “where are we now?” panel discussion looking at the global refugee crisis 6 months on from the headline-making summer of 2015. 

Teenagers sent back to war-torn Afghanistan

11 August 2015

RSN's director, Catherine, speaks to Russia Today about our work with young Afghans facing forced removal to Afghanistan.

Two exceptional teenagers

1 January 2015

Thea is an exceptional 13 year old. When she heard about the lives of young asylum seekers and refugees in the UK, the situations they've come from and how our work is helping them to access and progress in education, she was inspired to act. 

How can asylum seekers get to university?

3 January 2013

Our higher education programme manager describes what happened at a workshop for young refugees and asylum seekers who'd set their hearts on going to university.

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