Education provides hope, a stabilising routine and a critical community for young refugees. The young refugees that RSN works with prioritise their education and tell us they are devastated by the closure of educational settings. Many young refugees have already missed out on significant periods of their education by the time they arrive in the UK, and have then waited months for the opportunity to study once here.
This policy briefing outlines the emerging impact of the COVID-19 crisis on young refugees’ education and wellbeing in the UK, based on RSN’s direct support work with young refugees in recent weeks. It also details recommendations to central government, local authorities and education stakeholders to help ensure that young refugees’ education and wellbeing is not forgotten during this crisis.