In Search of Safety


Here we introduce you to an excellent up to date resource on the refugee crisis from UNICEF UK. It aims to allow you to support young people to make sense of the current refugee and migrant crisis in Europe, within a children’s rights framework. It provides an historical overview of migration, contextualising the challenges we face today with a reminder of what has gone before (page 10). Guidance is provided to help you prepare for potentially difficult conversations and situations, and to enable you to be ready to access help for any child that needs it (page 25). A glossary of terms and an appendix provides additional information to assist you in your teaching of this subject (pages 57-67).


On completion PSYV's will:

  • Learn about the UN Rights of the Child

  • Have a better understanding of the migrant crisis

  • Consider ways to take action


Group room or classroom


4 to 8 x 30 minute blocks. There are 20 different lessons in total. We start you off with 5 for the secondary school age group.


Here is the full guide.

You will need access to the UNRC articles.

Other links are provided with each activity.

These videos are also recommended:

Where are the Syrian Refugees?

Newsround: Europe's Refugee and Migrant Crisis

Newsround: What is Happening in Syria?

Newsround: Why do child migrants want to come to UK?

Activity 1: Where in the World

Learn about the number of displaced people in the world, and how many refugees there are globally and in Europe. They find out that eight out of 10 asylum seekers in Europe are from just three countries – Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq – and consider the journeys of people who have fled their homes. (Page 33)

Dowload this powerpoint.

Activity 2: Word Power

Learn about the differences between refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, as well as the 1951 Refugee Convention. (Page 34)

Download this powerpoint.

Activity 3: Amal's Story

Giving insight into why millions have been fleeing Syria, and what life is like in a refugee camp.

Watch the Draw My Life video.

Activity 4: Where do you stand?

This activity enables children to consider their own and others’ views about offering help to people in need. (Page 38)

Activity 5: Leave Now

Imagine what it is like to be a child or an adult who has left their home in an emergency. YV's can identify with the difficult choices people are forced to make in these circumstances.

Watch Imithan's Story

Follow Up

Now you can choose a selection of the other activities available in the pack.

You may also want to view information about the incredible Exodus: Our Journey to Europe series developed by the BBC in partnership with the Open University.

N.B. when using third party links we do not know when content may be made unavailable. If you find any broken links or unsuitable content, please contact PSYV HQ immediately.


Once you have delivered this session, complete this review.

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