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Best Practice Guide: For community organisations working with sanctuary-seeking women in Wales

Best Practice Guide: For community organisations working with sanctuary-seeking women in Wales

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There are roughly 12,500 refugees and asylum seekers in Wales. Life can be extremely tough for sanctuary seeking women. Many are forced to flee their homes because they have been subjected to serious human rights abuses related to their gender, such as rape, threats of honour killing and domestic violence. This suffering is compounded, once here, by having to navigate the asylum system, and the hardship of adapting to life in a new country with the continuous fear of being returned to face persecution. Women are also largely responsible for the majority of childcare and household budgeting. Despite these difficulties sanctuary seeking women have a vast range of skills, knowledge and experience to contribute to local communities, and with the right support, their potential can be realised.
Community organisations in Wales provide essential support to sanctuary seeking women and are often their only lifeline. Women need particular services delivered in an appropriate way to meet their needs. Community organisations provide services, often on a voluntary basis, in order to assist asylum seeking and refugee women to integrate into their local communities and navigate a complex asylum procedure and support system.
Oxfam Cymru has produced this guide as a resource for community organisations in Wales to highlight this work and promote best practice.
There are roughly 12,500 refugees and asylum seekers in Wales. Life can be extremely tough for sanctuary seeking women. Many are forced to flee their homes because they have been subjected to serious human rights abuses related to their gender, such as rape, threats of honour killing and domestic violence. This suffering is compounded, once here, by having to navigate the asylum system, and the hardship of adapting to life in a new country with the continuous fear of being returned to face persecution. Women are also largely responsible for the majority of childcare and household budgeting. Despite these difficulties sanctuary seeking women have a vast range of skills, knowledge and experience to contribute to local communities, and with the right support, their potential can be realised.
Community organisations in Wales provide essential support to sanctuary seeking women and are often their only lifeline. Women need particular services delivered in an appropriate way to meet their needs. Community organisations provide services, often on a voluntary basis, in order to assist asylum seeking and refugee women to integrate into their local communities and navigate a complex asylum procedure and support system.
Oxfam Cymru has produced this guide as a resource for community organisations in Wales to highlight this work and promote best practice.

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 B es t  P ra c t i c e G u i d e
For communi t y organisa tions  working  wi th sanc tuar y seeking  women in  Wales
B y Jen Maman  Helen Muggeridge
 
Principal authors:Jen Maman and Helen Muggeridge with additional material by Victoria Goodban. The authors would like to sincerely thank the participants o the Sanctuary Seeking Women in WalesProject as well as the ollowing people or their contributions: Nasiba Amiri (Oxam Cymru), FrancesBallin (Llanishen Reugee Women’s Group), Emmy Chater (Newport City Council), Gerry Hickey(Asylum Support Appeals Project), Val Lermon (Cardi Reugee and Asylum Welcome), Mike Lewis(Welsh Reugee Council), Selina Moyo (Wales Strategic Migration Partnership), Constance Nzeneu(Women Seeking Sanctuary Advocacy Group Wales), Reynette Roberts (Oasis Cardi), Ayo Thompson & Emily Robertson (Arican Community Centre),Mark & Claire Seymour (The Sanctuary, Bethel Church), Sian Summers (Displaced People in Action)and Jeni Williams (Swansea Women’s Asylum Support Group). Thanks to the local groups who allowed us to use their projects as examples to illustrate this guide: Arican Community Centre, Displaced People in Action, Llanishen Reugee Women’s Group,Oasis Cardi, Swansea Women’s Asylum Support Group, The Sanctuary - Bethel Church andWomen Seeking Sanctuary Advocacy Group Wales.
Copies o the guide can be ordered rom:
Oxam Cymru5th Floor5-7 St Mary StreetCardi CF10 1ATEmail: oxamcymru@oxam.org.ukor downloaded rom www.oxam.org.uk/ 
Important Disclaimer
 Asylum law is complex and changes rapidly. The inormation included within this Guide is asummary only and cannot substitute or legal advice rom a qualied immigration advisor.It is strongly advised that women in need o protection are reerred to an immigration solicitor oradvisor. Contact details o legal services and appropriate organisations are available at the endo this Guide. Furthermore, Oxam GB cannot be held responsible or any o theinormation provided in this Guide.
First published by Oxam GB in 2011, copyright symbol Oxam GB and Big Lottery Fund (Wales). All rights reserved. This publication is copyright but may be reproduced by any method without ee or teaching, advocacy or trainingpurposes, but not or resale. For copying in any other circumstances, or or re-use in other publications, or or translation or adaption,prior written permission must be obtained rom the publisher, and a ee may be required.Printed by Oxam GB.Oxam GB is registered as a charity (202918).
Acknowledgements
 
Introduction
1Who is this Guide or? 1Oxam Cymru’s work with Women Seeking Sanctuary Wales 2Methodology 2Glossary o Terms 3 
Chapter 1: Reugee Law
 A: Reugee Status 4B: Humanitarian Protection and Discretionary Leave to Remain 5
Chapter 2: Claiming Asylum in the UK 
 A: Applying or Asylum 7B: The Screening Interview 9C: The Asylum Interview 10D: The Home Oce Decision 11E: The Asylum Appeal 12F: The Asylum Appeal Hearing 13G: I the Claim is Allowed Forms o Status 13H: Legal Advice 14
Chapter 3: Entitlements & Support or Sanctuary Seeking Women
A: Asylum seekers 16Asylum Support 16Housing 17Additional Asylum Support Payments or Women 18Support ater an Asylum Reusal 18Asylum Support Appeals 19Destitution 20Tips or Working with Destitute Women 21B: Sanctuary Seekers1.Health 232.Education 243.Employment & Volunteering 24Volunteering as a step towards integration 25
Chapter 4: Working with vulnerable women
A: Victims o Human Tracking 26B: Support or Survivors o Domestic Violence 29
Chapter 5: Sharing Best Practice
31
Useul Contacts
38
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