Counselling after Displacement

Children North East is currently completing a research project and pilot exploring ways for children and young people from refugee and asylum-seeking backgrounds to engage with and access counselling. The project aims to increase understanding of the barriers faced by displaced young people to participate in therapeutic support.

As part of the pilot, the team is delivering a pilot programme of 1-2-1 counselling services, group sessions and resources to refugee and asylum-seeking young people who are facing the challenges of rebuilding their lives, integrating into new communities and overcoming trauma. It is currently engaging young people to work with and already has a group keen to support the project, which includes young people from Ukraine, Syria and Afghanistan who have been recently displaced from their home countries by war.

The project is has been made possible thanks to funding from British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and is being delivered in partnership with North East Solidarity and Training (N.E.S.T.) Those accessing the pilot programme, which will begin in early 2023, will also benefit from N.E.S.T’s expert understanding of the support landscape and be helped to access further opportunities.

If you would like to learn more about the project, please get in touch with Rachel Leslie at or on 0191 273 3997.