News and Debate

January 2019
New Article Published on the Journal of Child Psychotherapy - authored by Ferelyth Watt, Akashadevi and Sheila Melzak from the Baobab Centre 
In Winnicott’s idea of the child developing in the context of their family, community and the wider world – assuming good enough parenting – the child has experiences that lead to basic trust. It is here that playing can take place. From this starting point, we want to demonstrate how the different levels of our specific and unique ways of working with and on behalf of young unaccompanied refugees often add up to more than the sum of their parts. Through working flexibly and creatively on the boundary between the ever-shifting internal and external worlds of these multiply traumatised young people, we try to enable them to rediscover the sense of basic trust needed for them to move into adulthood with the freedom and responsibility that step entails.

December 2017
New Home Office and Department of Education safeguarding strategy for asylum-seeking and refugee children​ 
This document is part of a new safeguarding document for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and  refugee children in the UK. It highlights the importance of access to legal representation and legal advice for children.

January 2017
Updated Home Office guidance on permission to work and volunteer for asylum seekers is now available at:

November 2016
Alarming number of trafficked young people going missing from care
Trafficked and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children are going missing from UK care at an “alarmingly high” rate, leading charities ECPAT UK and Missing People say in their report, 'Heading Back to Harm' (Nov 2016) available at: