When Community Sponsorship Groups begin supporting resettled families, if there are children in the family, they appear to be highly adaptable; they learn English quickly and the younger they are, the faster they seem to settle into a new environment. However, it's important for Community Sponsorship Groups to remember that moving to a new place, away from the friends and family they know isn’t easy for any child and entering a new cultural environment, compounded with seeing their parents struggle in new ways makes this even harder. Adapting an empowerment approach to working with resettled children is essential in helping them to adjust to their new school, peer group and culture in a positive way.
This resource outlines how your Group can utilise an empowerment approach to help the children in the family you support to gain self-esteem, build resilience, and encourage them to believe in their own abilities.
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