Mission & Goals
Supporting children to restart their lives where they are, or safely and legally reach a destination that is in their better interests
our mission

Refugee Youth Service creates immediate and lasting change in the lives of unaccompanied children and young people on the move in Europe.

Through a holistic approach we support unaccompanied children and young people to restart their lives where they are, or safely and legally reach an alternative destination that is in their better interests.

We provide children and young people with safer spaces, where they can access legal, social and psychological support from trained professionals, and seek respite through engagement in creative activities, organised sports and informal learning.

What we do

Taking place within safe spaces or as part of regular community outreach and street work, a holistic approach aims to ensure that the unique needs of unaccompanied children and youth on the move are met comprehensively. Daily activities are designed to build trusting relationships between young people and trained professionals, in order to aid the successful promotion of safe steps that will see the endings of perilous journeys, the resuming of childhoods, and rebuilding of lives.

Our current focuses are Athens, Greece and Calais, France, where we continue to support local organisations to provide direct support to children and young people on the move. Previous projects have been in Ventimiglia, Italy and Dunkirk, France.

We recently launched our Journey with an Unaccompanied Child capacity-building training for a UK audience. The training's core objective is to improve the care and reception of unaccompanied children arriving to the UK. For more information see our Projects page.

Our Pillars

Child Protection and Safeguarding
We actively monitor the welfare of children who use our service, report young people of concern to the relevant state social care systems, and ultimately encourage young people to request protection and asylum from the country they are in.

RYS promotes best safeguarding practice amongst its partners and the wider community.
Education and Life skills
Education is not only a process of learning curriculum subjects.

At RYS we embed education into our projects as means to establish routines, and structure, critical thinking and exploration of topics outside young people's migratory practice.
Protecting Children's Rights
Promoting and protecting children's rights are at the centre of what we do.

We actively ensure children and young people are aware of their rights as children and as refugees, in addition to working within a collective of NGOs to collect data and compile reports evidencing the unacceptable situations children are facing in Europe.
Safer Spaces and Outreach
From inception, RYS has strived to create safe and secure spaces for children to be children and for young adults to establish a pathway to self-reliance.

We create areas where children and young people can access a varied program of activities run by educational and youth work professionals.
Promoting Durable Solutions for Asylum
For the young people we work with, the decision to leave home and travel across continents and oceans is never taken lightly. Deciding where to finally settle is a complex issue.

We empower young people to make informed decisions, promoting only safe and legal options and encouraging young people to restart their lives through engagement with child protection and asylum services in the host country.
Get Involved
Refugee Youth Service welcomes applications from all of those able to give their time to support the work we do.
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Our work on the ground relies on donations, your support goes a long way to keeping young people safe and well
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Refugee Youth Service is a restricted fund under the auspices of Prism the Gift Fund registered charity number 1099682.
Refugee Youth Service Ltd is a registered company, number 09936793.