Supporting our Refugee Children and Young People and their Parents / Carers (A FREE conference with Dr Tina Rae & Prof. Barry Carpenter CBE)

Understanding and Supporting Refugee Children and Young People and their Parents / Carers

Understanding and Supporting our Refugee Children and Young People and their Parents / Carers


A FREE conference to share best practice in schools and introduce the new resource from Dr Tina Rae and Routledge publishers

Date: 16th May 2023

Time: 9:45 to 2pm

Location: Swiss Cottage School DRC, 80 Avenue Road, London, NW8 6HX



Swiss Cottage School Development Research Centre

Keynote: Dr Tina Rae

BA (Hons) PGCE MA(Ed) Msc RSA DipSpLD ALCM DipPsych Doc App Ch Ed Psy
HCPC registered Educational and Child Psychologist, Author and Educational Consultant


Chair: Professor Barry Carpenter CBE OBE DLitt FCCT


With case study presentations and discussions from school-based practitioners

Lunch / light refreshments provided (FREE)


Hosted by: Evidence for Learning (EfL) and Swiss Cottage School Development Research Centre



This conference will provide an opportunity for professionals to reflect upon the current educational and social context regarding the ongoing pandemic and its effects on children and young people alongside the heightened levels of anxiety experienced by all of us in the light of the war in the Ukraine and other conflicts across the globe.

The aim is to increase confidence for all supporting refugee CYP by providing both parents and professionals with accessible resources to discuss war and in a safe way, alongside providing resources and information to ensure an understanding of trauma and how best to support refugee children and young people as they integrate into our schools.

This is incredibly important at this current time given the fact that many parents and professionals are feeling overwhelmed by these tasks and professional therapeutic advice is thin on the ground both for adults and children alike.

Tina’s resource will also provide support for refugee parents and carers on understanding Trauma and how to support their children as they integrate into their new schools. This will cover a range of key issues alongside difficulties in sleeping, social relations, physical reactions, sadness and bereavement, post-traumatic stress, heightening anxiety, and intrusive memories etc.

There will be an opportunity to delve into the new resource which is:

• practical, user-friendly, and accessible
• Packed full of useful evidence-based ideas, tools, and strategies
• easily disseminated to children and adults alike
• supportive, reassuring, and inspiring confidence
• helping you to get it right without recreating the wheel

Participants will also have the opportunity to share best practice and hear from school based staff regarding their initiatives in supporting refugee CYP.

Key topics for the day:

• refugee support
• understanding war
• psychology
• education
• trauma informed
• best practice
• practical advice and strategies


Book Launch


Book: Understanding and Supporting Refugee Children and Young People

The event will also see the official launch of Tina’s latest book “Understanding and Supporting Refugee Children and Young People” published by Routledge.

This book is the go-to resource for those parents and professionals seeking to support children through the trauma of war and conflict. It provides the evidence base for effectively integrating refugee children into their new schools and introduces the reader to a range of key tools and strategies to understand and manage anxiety and trauma -related behaviours. Practical and user-friendly, it demystifies the process of talking about difficult topics, providing helpful advice on how to do this in a trauma informed way, making use of effective tools from therapeutic approaches to help our children and ourselves remain regulated and able to engage in post-traumatic growth.

Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase the book at the conference on 16th May at a discounted price of 20% off retail price.


The conference is free to attend, however you will need to register in order to secure your place.

Please register using the form below.

** Places are limited and so registration is mandatory. Please book early to avoid disapppointment. **

Full details and agenda will be provided following registration.

Please contact if you have any queries or experience any issues with registration.




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About Dr Tina Rae

BA (Hons) PGCE MA(Ed) Msc RSADipSpLD ALCM DipPsych Doc App Ch Ed Psy

HCPC registered Educational and Child Psychologist, Author and Educational Consultant

Dr Tina Rae has 40 years’ experience working with children, adults and families in clinical and educational contexts within local authorities and specialist services. She is currently working as a Consultant Educational and Child Psychologist in a range of SEMH and mainstream contexts and for Fostering agencies as a Consultant Psychologist supporting foster carers, social workers and Looked after children. She was an Academic and Professional tutor for the Doctorate in Educational and Child psychology (University of East London) from 2010-16. She is a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council, a member of ENSEC (European Network for Social and Emotional Competence) and a former trustee of Nurture UK.

Dr Tina Rae

Tina is a member of the editorial board for the journal Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties and for the International Journal of Nurture in Education. She is also a member of the Advisory board for Fresh Start in Education.

Tina is a prolific author and has over 100 publications to date. Recent publications include the following:

  • Rae, T. & D’Amario, A. (2021) A Recovery Toolbox of Wellbeing in the Early years for children aged 3-6 Buckingham: Hinton House Publishers
  • Rae, T. & D’Amario, A. (2021) A Recovery Toolbox of Wellbeing for primary aged children 7-11 Buckingham: Hinton House Publishers
  • Rae, T. & D’Amario, A. (2021) A Recovery Toolbox of Wellbeing for Adolescents and Teenagers aged 12-16 Buckingham: Hinton House Publishers
  • Rae, T. (2021) My Toolbox of Wellbeing Journal – creative, inspiring activities and strategies Buckingham: Hinton House Publishers
  • Rae, T. (2020) Supporting Children and Young People with Emotionally Based School Avoidance Buckingham: Hinton House Publishers
  • Rae, T.,Middleton, T. & Walshe, J. (2020) Nurturing Peer Supervision: Supporting the Wellbeing of those who Nurture Glasgow: Nurture UK
  • Rae, T. (2020) It’s OK not to be OK: A Guide to Wellbeing London: QED Publishing
  • Rae, T. (2020) A Toolbox of Wellbeing Helpful strategies and activities for children, teens, their carers and teachers Buckingham: Hinton House Publishers
  • Rae, T., Such, A. & Wood, J. (2020) The Well Being Tool Kit for Mental health leads in schools A comprehensive Training Resource to Support Emotional Wellbeing in Education and Social Care Buckingham: Hinton House Publishers


About Professor Barry Carpenter CBE OBE D.Litt PhD FCCT

Barry Carpenter was appointed to the UK’s first Professorship in Mental Health in Education, at Oxford Brookes University. He is Honorary Professor at universities in the Ireland, Germany and Australia. He has been a Fellow of the University of Oxford. Barry recently became a patron for the ADHD foundation, and is a trustee board member of the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, (ACAMH). He is a fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching.

He has been awarded an OBE and CBE by the Queen for services to children with Special Needs. In 2017 he was entered into “Who’s Who” in acknowledgement of his national and international contribution to the field of Special Education.

Professor Barry Carpenter CBE

In a career spanning more than 40 years, Barry has held the leadership positions of Headteacher, Principal, Academic Director, Chief Executive, Inspector of Schools and Director of the Centre for Special Education at Westminster College, Oxford. In 2009, he was appointed by the Secretary of State for Education as Director of the Children with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Research Project. In that role Barry led an important and valuable piece of research on the use of Engagement as a pedagogy. This work become the foundation for England’s Department for Education’s new guidance for assessment (DfE, 2019). Since completing that research, Barry has overseen the development of a national project developing online ‘Training materials for teachers of children with severe, profound and complex learning disabilities” (

He is the author of over 150 articles and many texts on a range of learning disability/special needs topics. In the last 12 months, his work has been translated into German, French, Dutch and Russian. His most recent book publications (with Carolyn Blackburn and Jo Egerton) focus upon Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Most recently he co-authored “Engaging Learners with Complex Needs” (Routledge).

Barry lectures nationally and internationally. In recent years this has included China, Japan, Abu Dhabi, USA, and Germany. In 2018 he will be giving lectures in Australia and New Zealand. He is the co-founder of the National Forum for Neuroscience in Special Education. For the Mental Health Foundation, he Chaired the National Inquiry into the Mental Health of Young People with Learning Disabilities. He is currently Chairing a working group looking at the needs of Girls on the Autism Spectrum, which is the focus of his latest book.

Barry has 3 children – one a School Principal, one a Senior Occupational Therapist and a daughter with Down’s Syndrome, who now has a home of her own, published her first book in 2017, and is on an Apprenticeship as a Teaching Assistant.

For more information:

Professor Barry Carpenter’s website:

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