Assistance for Clients
These organisations operate either nationally, or in several different localities. At times their capacity may be limited. Many other organisations offer services in specific geographical areas and so a search for local sources of support will always be needed.
Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) provides free legal advice, information and representation to people held in detention in the UK. Any practitioner who has a client at risk of detention can give them BID’s number, and build them into safety planning.
The Baobab Centre is a non-residential therapeutic community that offers support to children and adolescents who are seeking asylum and who have experienced human rights abuses, threats, rejection, loss and bereavement.
The Children and War Foundation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving children’s lives after wars and disasters.
Detention Action provides emotional and practical support for people in certain immigration detention centres, and for people held under immigration powers in some prisons. Their website provides information on sources of support for people detained in other locations.
Doctors of the World provides information and advocacy for people excluded from health care. Resources available through the organisation’s website include: translated information for patients, the ‘Safe Surgeries Toolkit’ and training resources. They also provide clinics for people based in the London area.
Freedom From Torture offers therapy, practical support, and medico-legal reports for survivors of physical and psychological torture.
The Helen Bamber Foundation offers therapy, medical advice, practical support and medico-legal reports for people who have experienced state and non-state torture, trafficking and other extreme interpersonal violence. It also has a comprehensive range of on-line resources, including a useful ‘Trauma-Informed Code of Conduct for all Professionals working with Survivors of Human Trafficking and Slavery.
The Immigration Law Practitioners' Association (ILPA) is a professional association for barristers, solicitors, advocates and OISC regulated advisers practising immigration, asylum and nationality law. They hold a list of all qualified immigration representatives, so giving their details to a client ensures they will only access a qualified legal representative. They are also a training organisation, and always a good source of information for practitioners in the field.
Medical Justice provides medical advice and assessments and medico-legal reports to people in immigration detention in the UK.
Migrants Organise provides a platform for refugees and migrants to organise and enable inclusion and integration. They combine advice and support for individuals affected by the hostile environment immigration policies with community organising, advocacy, research and campaigning to help dismantle structural racism.
They also have a Mental Capacity Advocacy project providing tailored and direct support for people with complex mental health needs while at the same time pushing for systemic changes through organising, capacity building, policy and strategic litigation. Although they have limited ability to help individuals, they can also offer second tier advice to practitioners which might be helpful.
Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre offers therapy in over 20 languages to people from diverse cultural communities living in the London boroughs of Camden, Islington, Enfield and Haringey, and to people in other areas through specific contracted projects. This therapy is short-term only, but available at no charge.
Off The Record, a youth counselling service based in Croydon offer leaflets and posters covering mental health issues, in a range of languages. These include many geared specifically to asylum-seeking and refugee populations.
Rainbow Migration Network provides legal advice and practical and emotional support to people applying for asylum on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or sex characteristics. Its website includes video information for people seeking asylum.
Rape Crisis England and Wales is the umbrella body for a network of centres providing emotional support for people who have suffered sexual violence. Their website also includes resources for clients.
The Red Cross offer family tracing, free emergency provisions, support and advice for people who have been trafficked and for young people age 15-25 as well as assistance with family reunion for those granted refugee status. There are additional services in specific localities.
Refugee Action offers advice and support to people in the asylum system with centres in several cities across the UK. Their website also provides brief information about asylum seeking and refugees.
The Refugee Council provides an information line, a children’s advice project, as well as therapeutic services for specific localities. The website includes factual information about refugees and people seeking asylum, with useful links to sources of detailed statistics.
Refugee Women Connect offers one to one casework and emotional support for women, primarily through a network of drop-ins. The website contains useful resources around women and migration
Together Now is a small charity offering financial assistance with family reunion for those who have been granted refugee status but are not eligible for travel assistance through the Red Cross