Working with young migrants and refugees
Arif was 13 when he came to the UK from Bangladesh to live with his uncle. His father had already been attacked for his political beliefs, and Arif's life was also in danger.
But when he turned 17 his uncle threw him out, and he then discovered he didn't have the right to stay in the UK.
Arif grew increasingly depressed, attempted suicide and was placed in a mental health facility. Here he was introduced to The Children's Society, who helped him with his asylum case, secure accommodation and receive counselling.
He said: "They [The Children's Society] helped me and guided me, they’ve been there for me when I needed them most...Open up with them, tell them how you feel. Tell them everything and they will try their best to help you."
Read Arif's story and other young people's voices on The Children's Society website.
Find out more about the work of our Partnership with The Children’s Society here.
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