New Scots: Refugees and VPRS/VCRS Resettlement

People affected by the Syrian conflict have had to endure severe hardships before they get to Scotland. While we recognise that they are in a vulnerable state, we also know that they are amazingly resilient, and we can play a vital role in supporting them towards successful integration. From showing them how to use the services, to building networks and friendships, this course will enhance your ability to work effectively with families and individuals.

Course Content

We will examine the issues facing refugees as they move from countries around Syria to the UK, and highlight the challenges and opportunities they face as they build new lives in Scotland. You will be equipped to help people to create social bridges, bonds and links to support them to stand on their own and lead full lives in their new home.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Recognise the legal difference between people seeking asylum, refugees and migrants
  • Have an insight into why people have fled Syria, where they have come from, and how the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) and the Vulnerable Children's Resettlement Scheme  (VCRS) works
  • Consider the challenges facing those who arrive in a new country, including susceptibility to dependence on service providers
  • Understand the Indicators of Refugee Integration Framework and develop Personal Integration Plans (PIPs) to create independence
  • Consider the challenges and opportunities of all aspects of integration, and how to chart learning and progress
  • Understand the importance of collaborating effectively with receiving communities
  • Consider the role of the arts, culture, heritage, and sport in integration, including linking in to Refugee Festival Scotland

Who is this course for?

You have a direct or indirect role in welcoming and working with people through VPRS and the VCRS. The course is also designed for you if you make decisions affecting services that refugees are likely to access.

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