On Monday I attended an event hosted by 2 Hare Court on the Lammy Review. For those who have not seen it, on the 8th of September, the Government published an independent review by David Lammy, MP for Tottenham which it commissioned on the ‘treatment of, and outcomes for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) individuals in the Criminal Justice System (CJS)’.
Each year on 10 October, the World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day. The purpose is to give those working in mental health an opportunity to talk about what they do, and what more needs to be done, to make mental health care a reality for people across the world. This year, the focus is on mental health in the workplace.
You finally made it. It could be months or even years since you were forced to flee your home country, for fear of conflict, persecution, torture or death. You may not have seen your family or friends since you set off on a journey for a better life, you may feel isolated and afraid. You may have been at the mercy of people smugglers and risked your life on perilous journeys by land and sea. Many making the treacherous journey will die in transit but you have finally arrived at your destination – the United Kingdom.
2016 was an eventful year. We made it through two Prime Ministers, a referendum, an escalating crisis in Syria and ‘the Donald’. Amid all of this we also welcomed around 1,000 unaccompanied children to the UK from the camp known as ‘the Jungle’, a project which we had some involvement in, working with the fantastic charity Safe Passage.