Parenting in the UK

‘Parenting in the UK’ is a guide for parents who are refugees and asylum seekers and others who are new to the UK.

Arriving in a new country presents many challenges. Parents need to adjust rapidly to unfamiliar systems, laws, social norms, expectations, rights and responsibilities. This video explains the UK’s education system, what parents can expect from schools and what schools ask of parents. And it explains the UK’s laws and expectations for keeping children safe from physical and emotional harm, with important implications for how parents are expected to supervise and disciplining their children here.

The information has been selected by parents who themselves arrived in the UK as refugees or asylum seekers. It is based on what they wish they had known when they first arrived. They hope it helps others avoid problems.

Contents

  1. The role and powers different agencies have in keeping children safe from harm
  2. Support before your child is 5
  3. Education for ages 5 to 11: primary school
  4. The law about attending school
  5. Education for ages 11 to 16: secondary school
  6. Education and training 16-18
  7. Education and training after 18 including sanctuary scholarships
  8. Protecting your child from bullying, hate and cyber abuse
  9. Helping your child stay within the laws on alcohol, drugs, tobacco and sex
  10. Managing expectations on sleepovers and must haves
  11. Supervising children at home and outside
  12. The law about children and cars
  13. The law about how you discipline children
  14. Alternative forms of disciplining children that do not use physical chastisement
  15. The impact of violence and abuse between parents
  16. The law on female genital mutilation/circumcision
  17. Child’s voice
  18. Parents rights

There is also a separate document with detailed information about schools and education in the UK.

These videos are part of the North East Migration Partnership’s Welcome & Induction Programme for newly arriving Refugees and Asylum Seekers and are made in partnership with the Regional Refugee Forum North East.

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