Our LAs Thematic Network Meeting on schools of Sanctuary was joined by a fantastic 51 participants! The session discussed how Local Authorities have, and can, support the implementation of the Schools of Sanctuary work which ensures that schools are places where all children can learn and thrive, and where children of sanctuary seeking background feel welcomed and valued.
Our speakers included:
- Anna Turnbull, MEAS Manager, Minority Ethnic Achievement Service – Wirral Council
- Olwen Evans, Cardiff, EMTAS Closing the Gap OFFICER – Cardiff Council
- Angie Lynn and Sarah Berliner, from the Sanctuary on Sea group and Brighton and Hove Council, respectively
- Natalie Stables, Head of Service, Salford Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service (EMTAS), Children’s Services Directorate – Salford Council
Though the presenters shared about the different approaches their LAs have taken in implementation of the Schools of Sanctuary work, some important similarities emerged. Namely, the effectiveness of the framework in ensuring all children feel welcome and safe, the importance of having strong links to the 3rd sector, and the opportunities realised from working in partnership.
The recording can be found below:
A short presentation on What is a School of Sanctuary, by our Schools Lead, Sara Trewhitt:
Wirral Council’s presentation detailing their approach can be found here:
To find out more about the Local Authority Network go to: https://la.cityofsanctuary.org/