Successful training ‘Children in a migration context


In April – May, CESSMIR organised a training for practitioners who are involved in supporting children in a migration context. During this training 5 evening seminaries were organized around a central theme: (1) migration policy and children’s rights; (2) migration procedures; (3) health and healthcare; (4) education and leisure time; (5) psychosocial wellbeing and social network. Each theme was discussed by one or two CESSMIR-promotors, using various research results regarding the topic, and by experts from the field:

Session 1: Migration policy and children’s rights

Frank Caestecker, Department of General Economics, UGent; Ellen Desmet, Department of European, Public and International Law, UGent; Jean Pierre Verhaeghe, Flemish Office of the Children's Rights Commissioner.


Session 2: Migration procedures

Jinske Verhellen, Department of Interdisciplinary Study of Law, Private Law and Business Law , UGent; Benoit Dhondt, lawyer and Department of European, Public and International Law, UGent; Nik Vanderscheuren, Department Population Affairs, City of Ghent.


Session 3: Health and health care

Stéphanie De Maesschalck, Department of Family Medicine and Primary Health Care, UGent; Ines Keygnaert, International Centre for Reproductive Health, UGent; Patrica Fruyt, UZ Gent


Session 4: Onderwijs & vrije tijd

Piet Van Avermaet, Department of Linguistics, UGent; Reinhilde Pulinx, Steunpunt Diversiteit en Leren, UGent;

Lieve Bradt, Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy, UGent - JeugdOnderzoeksPlatform


Session 5:– Psychosociaal welzijn & sociaal netwerk

Ilse Derluyn, Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy, UGent; Shadan Alhamwi, independent consultant


60 practitioners participated to this training, from various professional fields such as lawyers, social workers, childcare workers, health workers, policy workers, teachers and tutors.