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Support available for Ukrainian Families in Buckinghamshire

Support available for Ukrainian Families in Buckinghamshire

The people of Buckinghamshire have welcomed hundreds of Ukrainian families since the Homes for Ukraine scheme began. The information on this page and links provided are designed to offer support to schools and the families we have welcomed. These are all relevant as of December 2022.

General Advice and Guidance for Schools Welcoming Refugee Children and Young People

Government Advice

Community Impact Bucks

Resources for local communities helping Ukrainian refugees in Buckinghamshire:

Buckinghamshire Family Information Service

A vast range of information, support, and services available in Bucks for families can be found on the Buckinghamshire Family Information Website

Local Groups

Visit Marlow Ukraine Collective

Visit Wycombe Refugee Partnership

Visit Hilltop Ukrainian Support Community 

Visit Ukrainian Friends and Family Hub

Visit  Support for refugees | Adviza

Education in the Ukraine- Equivalency Document

The Ukrainian Education System – a briefing for Buckinghamshire Schools

School Admissions

The process of applying for school places is the same as usual, for all children. For admissions queries please contact the team by emailing admissions@buckinghamshire.gov.uk or calling 01296 383245. 

Visit School Admissions (buckinghamshire.gov.uk)

Download the School Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

Visit school admissions applications from overseas children (gov.uk)

There is an admissions form translated into both Ukrainian and Russian available if required.

Virtual School

Visit the Virtual School (buckinghamshire.gov.uk) for lots of useful information regarding refugee children (trauma-informed), advice, guidance, training, and EAL resources. 

Vicki Carrick-Lynch 
Virtual School Assistant Head Teacher
Email: vicky.carrick-lynch@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

Wellbeing Resources

Visit Welcoming and supporting refugee children: Information for schools | BPS

Anna Freud Wellbeing Resources:

Wellbeing - Anna Freud - Powerpoint document 1 download

Wellbeing - Anna Freud - Powerpoint document 2 download

Wellbeing - Anna Freud - Powerpoint document 3 download

Barnardo’s Ukrainian support helpline: 0800 148 8586 (opening hours: 10am - 8pm, Monday to Friday. 10am - 3pm, Saturday.) 

Barnardo’s free helpline is staffed by English, Ukrainian and Russian speakers, to offer support to children and families arriving in the UK from Ukraine. Callers will be able to get help and advice on a range of topics. 

A dedicated email address ukrainiansupport@barnardos.org.uk and webpage have also been set up for those assisting with the Ukraine response. 

Support for Adults- Online Trauma and Resilience Support Sessions : 

Sane Ukraine Online - Sane Ukraine Online 

Thrive LDN have resources in both English and Ukrainian :  

Guidance for supporting the mental health and wellbeing of displaced Ukrainians - Thrive LDN : Thrive LDN  

Safeguarding

The Safeguarding Toolkit contains many items to support mental health, bullying, e-safety, etc. You can find this in the Safeguarding Zone (SchoolsWeb)

View Keeping Children Safe in Education (GOV.UK)

SENDIAS

A free, confidential, impartial information, advice, and support on all matters relating to special educational needs and disabilities for children and young people aged 0 to 25 and their parents/carers.

Visit Bucks SENDIAS Service

English as an Additional Language

The Educational Psychology team has a presentation for Supporting EAL Pupils as well as classroom support strategies from the Bell Foundation.

Download EAL Primary 
Download EAL Secondary
Download Supporting EAL

The Buckinghamshire Adult Learning offers Government-funded English language courses for Ukrainian families

Resources-

Learning Village | Online English language lessons for new-to-English learning across the curriculum

The Bell Foundation - Changing lives and overcoming exclusion through language education (bell-foundation.org.uk)

Support for Schools- Funded and discounted EAL Training

Prevent/Resources

The Prevent Programme aims to protect students from radicalisation and extremism. If you have any specific concerns you can contact:

Alison Watts,
Prevent Education Officer,
Phone: 07793658693
Email: alison.watts1@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

Download Ukraine and Russia Conflict
Download Discussion and Conflict

Refugee Support

Visit Refugee council website
Visit Ukrainian Institute
Visit Refugees at Home 

Visit Welcoming refugee children to your school | NEU

Visit Education Welcome Project - Information for students from Ukraine (reuk.org)

The Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain (AUGB)

Visit Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain

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