Welcome to The Including Children Affected by Migration (ICAM) Programme

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Designed for implemenation by groups of schools countrywide or in a region, the Including Children Affected by Migration (ICAM) Programme restores learning relationships and increases the learning capacity of Children Affected by Migration  (CAM) by restoringing their social and emotional wellbeing.

  • INCLUDING CHILDREN AFFECTED BY MIGRATION (CAM) IN SCHOOLS IS NOT A PROBLEM – IT IS A SOLUTION THAT IMPROVES EDUCATION FOR ALL CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES.
  • SCHOOLS WHO IMPLEMENT THE INCLUDING CHILDREN AFFECTED BY MIGRATION (ICAM) PROGRAMME REPORT AN IMPROVED CLIMATE FOR LEARNING (CONVIVENCIA) WHICH CREATES A HAPPY SCHOOL AND BETTER ATTAINMENT FOR ALL CHILDREN

Children Affected by Migration (CAM) are 10.5 million European children aged up to 18 who have become displaced or separated from home or family. CAM may be refugees, asylum seekers, economic or social migrants or those left behind by family moving to another country.

Brain science explains why unhappy, displaced children become poor learners. Until they feel settled, confident and secure, Children Affected by Migration cannot benefit fully from teaching in or out of school. They become disadvantaged by their circumstances and unable to reach their learning potential.

UNHAPPY CHILDREN CANNOT LEARN
  • ICAM RESTORES THE SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL WELLBEING OF CAM SO THAT THEY ARE NO LONGER DENIED THEIR FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHT TO EDUCATION

So ICAM upholds the rights of all these disadvantaged CAM to high quality education under the European Child Guarantee and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

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Find out more about the 10.5 million Children Affected by Migration (CAM)

An outline of The Including Children Affected by Migration (ICAM) Programme

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The Acronym CAM is used when referring to children and young people who are refugees, asylum seekers, economic or social migrants or those left behind by family moving to another country.

Because they also face trauma from separation and disruption, the ICAM programme includes the children of European migrant workers left behind in their country of birth. In Romania alone there are an estimated 650,000 CAM left behind by parents migrating for work elsewhere in Europe

Note: Because they also suffer from the effects of separation ICAM has provided equally successful support to help schools repair the damage to the education of all children in need separated from learning by the Covid pandemic.

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The Current situation for Migration in Europe

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While high numbers of migrants continue to arrive in Europe from African countries and the Middle East Migration in Europe in 2024 marks a return to normality after the extreme disruptions experienced in 2022.

While in 2022 Ukraine saw the largest negative net migration balance, with almost 7 million of its citizens fleeing the eastern European country in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion, in 2024 it is in fact the country with the largest positive net migration balance. Over 1.75 million

Ukrainians have returned to their home country from abroad, leading Poland, Romania, and Hungary to have large net migration deficits, as they were key recipient countries for Ukrainians in 2022.

The other countries which experienced large positive net migration balances in 2023 are all in western Europe, as Germany, the UK, France, Italy, and Spain all remain popular destinations for migrants.

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ICAM- Outline of the programme

Read a brief outline of the programme

The ICAM programme increases the access to learning and improves the learning capacity of Children Affected by Migration (CAM) by enhancing the climate of “convivencia” (living in harmony) in schools, by raising awareness of the rights they are entitled to, and by providing additional support for their social and emotional learning and wellbeing in school and at home.

How The Including Children Affected by Migration (ICAM) Programme works

The ICAM programme works by building networks of schools, who have ongoing support from National ICAM Facilitators trained by the ICAM partners in each country.

National ICAM Facilitators train communities of 10-20 School ICAM Leaders to deliver the programme in their schools.

This cascade of training is supported by extensive training manuals and handbooks at each level.

Once trained School ICAM leaders carry out a comprehensive school review, develop an action plan and implement it using a database of materials provided in any language from this ICAM website.

This cascade model is fully scalable, from a small cluster of schools to country-wide deployment. The programme can be tailored to meet the specific requirements of any school or groups of schools.

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Watch the video How ICAM works:

Read  The ICAM brochure  How the ICAM programme works

The ICAM programme works by building powerful networks of schools, led by local National Facilitators who are trained by international ICAM Project Team Leaders. A comprehensive coaching and training programme is supported by handbooks, lesson plans, parent workshops and a wide range of additional resources, readily translatable into any language. The model is fully scalable, from a small cluster of schools to country-wide deployment. Delivery can be tailored exactly to your requirements.

THE CASCADE OF TRAiNING FROM THE ICAM TEAM – TO NATIONAL ICAM FACILITATORS – TO SCHOOL LEADERS –  AND THEN TO ALL SCHOOL STAFF –  AND THE CAM THEY TEACH, USES A COACHING MODEL THAT PROVIDES ONGOING SUPPORT AT EACH LEVEL AND ENSURES MAXIMUM ACHIEVEMENT OF THE ICAM PROGRAMME GOALS

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Find out more about ICAM works in partnership with schools

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The ICAM programme works by building powerful networks of schools, led by local National Facilitators who are trained by international ICAM Project Team Leaders. A comprehensive coaching and training programme is supported by handbooks, lesson plans, parent workshops and a wide range of additional resources, readily translatable into any language. The model is fully scalable, from a small cluster of schools to country-wide deployment. Delivery can be tailored exactly to your requirements.

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Children Affected by Migration (CAM) are some of the most vulnerable children to threats, violence and abuse when using the internet and particularly social media.

The ICAMbecsr programme teaches CAM the media literacy they need for safe, secure and responsible behaviour when on line.

Most importantly ICAMbecsr also develops the Social and Emotional Learning of CAM so that they have the personal confidence and digital resilience to better protect themselves and other children, and to make safe and responsible decisions when they are on-line. This includes their avoidance of, and response to, cyber-bullying, radicalisation, and attempted grooming as victims or bystanders. Read more

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The training materials and resources are designed and written in such a way that, as well as being fully integrated into the ICAM programme, they can be used as a stand-alone programme, BeCSR, or integrated into other child safety programmes as required.

Watch a short video explaining how the ICAMbecsr programme works

Read a brief explanation – How ICAMbecsr works

Visit the BeCSR website

The Including Children Affected by Migration (ICAM) programme can restore learning relationships for ALL disadvantaged children

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There is strong evidence that a greater proportion of children in need, compared to other children, have been seriously affected by the disruption to education caused by the Covid pandemic. The education attainment divide across Europe is widening as a result.

Disadvantaged children and their families need additional help to reform relationships for learning before they can benefit from remedial teaching to restore lost education.

Watch a short video explaining how ICAM can support ALL disadvantaged children.

 Read a brief description – How ICAM supports ALL Disadvantaged children.

SCHOOLS WHO IMPLEMENT THE ICAM PROGRAMME FOR CAM SOON REALISE THAT ALL DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN IN THEIR COMMUNITY NEED THE IMPROVED SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL WELLBEING THAT ICAM CREATES.

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The ICAMnet programme - Upscaling the ICAM programme

The 5 ICAM partners have formed a partnership with leading international child welfare organisations in Europe: Terre Des Hommes, Eurochild and associates UNICEF ECA  and UNHCR who all recognise the importance of this work in support of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children in Europe

Through the contacts and influence of the partners, the ICAMnet programne has develop and tested the upscaling and dissemination of ICAM to all schools at county or city level in 6 European countries so that national education and welfare agencies across Europe have tried and tested models for disseminating the ICAM programme to all their schools and homes.

See the Partner section of this website for more information about our team ICAMnet.