Our projects

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Family feedback

I gained more confidence in myself . The team are always there to listen and assist.

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Practitioner feedback

A very child focused and creative approach to working with families. Offered a level of service and intervention that was beyond my role in terms of time and scope of work carried out.

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Family feedback

Helping myself and my baby have a roof over our head. Making us feel loved and wanted. Helping with the issue of my immigration status.

Our projects and work at TwMC

We run a range of projects and other work across several themes that aim to work with children and families impacted and harmed by immigration control to realise rights, be safe and protect their identity. This page talks about the core themes that we work under.

Assessment and family support

Our assessment and family support work provides a range of different types of support, which we tailor in agreement with children and families. This is a large area of work delivered by our child & family practitioners and family support workers. The project provides things like;

  • Independent social work assessment concerning immigration matters, this can include things like reports about the best interests of children in immigration decisions.

  • Planning and needs assessments that help co-ordinate support around children and their families with a specialist view on issues such as destitution, immigration and children's needs.

  • Tailored family support including befriending and mentoring, parenting support, home visiting, youth work, helping children and families understand and navigate immigration and state systems.

  • Tailored support for families reunifying in the United Kingdom.

Anti-destitution

Our anti-destitution work is largely delivered by our family support workers with more complex casework provided by our child & family practitioners. They provide specialist casework, advocacy and support to families with inadequate housing, financial difficulties and children and families experiencing destitution and homelessness. The projects provides;

  • Advice, guidance and support understanding housing and financial support available for people with immigration difficulties or who have no recourse to public funds.

  • Supporting families and pregnant women to get support such as asylum support, support from children or adult social care

  • Help with practical things like finding grants, baby items, toys and books for children.

  • Pre-action and working with legal providers to challenge refusals to support, inadequate or delayed support.

  • Family support for families experiencing destitution.

Our anti-destitution work specialises in work with complexity including children with severe medical problems and disabilities and other family needs that need a specialist approach.

Access to justice

Our access to justice work supports children, young people and families to access high quality, free immigration advice through our partner agencies and then works to ensure they can access representation to assist them in their immigration matters. This work is delivered in partnership with legal providers and work in-house delivered by all staff and an access to justice volunteer.

**Please note that we do not provide immigration advice directly**

  • Support accessing immigration advice

  • Exceptional case funding, in partnership with a firm of solicitors who provide additional casework support.

  • Support finding solicitors and representation when funding is granted.

  • Referrals to pro-bono representation and support.

Activities and groupwork

Our groupwork is led by Sarah and activities delivered by all members of the team and volunteers. Our activities and groupwork aim to help build solidarity, informal support and activism and give children we work with positive experiences and opportunity for play. Our work here includes;

  • Activity programmes for children, young people and families that we are working with. This has included in the past activity days, days out and opportunities for fun and education.

  • A weekly parents group.

  • A weekly mother and baby group.

  • Children's groups in school holidays.

Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children

We provide a very flexible support service for unaccompanied children and young people comprising specialist casework, general befriending and support and practical help. This work is delivered by our child and family practitioners in partnership with legal practitioners we work with. Very flexible, the type of work we can undertake here includes;

  • Supporting young people to access rights and entitlements and challenge decisions made about them. This can include things like age assessments, care planning, support planning and provision

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  • Practical help like accessing medical help, education and support attending appointments and meetings. 

  • Emotional and social support including activities, groups and 1-on-1 mentoring.

  • Acting as a responsible or appropriate adult in interviews such as age assessments, police interviews and Home Office interviews.