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Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme

  1. Background to the Project

The Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) and the Vulnerable Children’s Resettlement Scheme (VCRS), were launched by the UK government to provide sanctuary to vulnerable refugees fleeing the ongoing conflict in Syria and refugees in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. 

VPRS and VCRS resettles those identified as in greatest need, including people requiring urgent medical treatment, survivors of violence and torture, and women and children at risk.

Migration Yorkshire is the Regional Strategic Migration Partnership and coordinates and provides direct project management for resettlement in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Working with local authorities, Migration Yorkshire has identified a number of issues for resettled families which present significant barriers to resettlement - especially for children and young people.  The experience of complex trauma can have an impact on their emotional health resulting in strained family relationships, poor school attendance and behaviour and failure to fully integrate.  Additionally, those schools which have little or no experience of providing support strategies for children resettled from areas of conflict, can struggle to understand and respond appropriately.

  1. Project Delivery

The Children and Families Wellbeing project aims to address these issues by early intervention and crisis point management, working with schools, refugee children and their families to help them feel safe and secure in the school setting, by providing support from specialist refugee mental health therapists.

The Project is available across every local authority and educational establishment in the Yorkshire and Humber region that is host to VPRS or VCRS families.  Pupils are given the help they need to manage the trauma they have been through and schools are supported to better recognise and respond to children exhibiting emotional distress.

The project is delivered through a collaborative partnership between Migration Yorkshire and three Delivery Partners:

Haven Project delivering in:

  • East Riding of Yorkshire
  • Hull
  • North East Lincolnshire
  • North Lincolnshire
  • Scarborough

SOLACE delivering in:

  • Kirklees
  • Bradford
  • Calderdale
  • Craven
  • Hambleton
  • Harrogate
  • Leeds
  • Richmond
  • Ryedale
  • Selby
  • Wakefield
  • York

The Refugee Council delivering in:

  • Barnsley
  • Doncaster
  • Rotherham
  • Sheffield

The services offered to resettled children and their families include:

  • 1-2-1 therapy
  • play therapy
  • family therapy
  • group work
  • schools-family liaison
  • awareness-raising training for school staff
  • specially trained interpreters, to work alongside the therapists

Specialist therapists work within schools (e.g. 1:2:1 with younger children); within agency facilities (e.g. group work/ during school holidays); and as part of home visits (e.g. family therapy attached to existing casework support).

  1. Project Referrals

Referrals are taken from local authority officers, schools/FE colleges, health professionals and resettlement caseworkers working with resettled individuals.  The service sits alongside mainstream mental health provision, linking into GPs, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and other key health and social care agencies in the region.


Haven Project

Phone: 01482 587550





Phone: 0113 487 8360




Refugee Council

Phone: 0114 3990802



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Covid-19 - Resources

Firstly may we say THANK YOU to everyone who is working hard during this time to keep children and young people happy, learning, laughing, active and calm at this time of great uncertainty!

We are keen to share tools and resources as best we can, to support children’s wellbeing and education over this period of uncertainty. With this in mind, we have produced a range of advice and free resources for schools, as well as resources for parents/carers in your school.

These resources are updated every week so please check them on a regular basis.

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