Support for refugees

Hammersmith and Fulham stands with Ukraine

Information to help support people affected by the invasion of Ukraine.

The Government is overseeing the efforts to help refugees alongside local authorities.

Hammersmith and Fulham have set up a resource hub aimed at teachers which contains information that can help children in primary and secondary schools make sense of the refugee crisis, with a focus on children and their development.

22 June 2022

DFE colleagues have asked us to notify you that the government have now published V2 of the School and College Resource Pack. The pack provides helpful resources for institutions with Ukrainian children and young people.  They updated the pack following the helpful feedback from many of the council attendees at the special meeting on Early Years, Education and School issues. Please see the link here:  Helping Ukrainian students in schools and colleges – GOV.UK (

On the 22 June, the government announced that the Homes for Ukraine scheme will be extended to unaccompanied minors. And on Friday 15 July, the Homes for Ukraine scheme began processing existing applications from children under 18 not travelling with or joining their parent or legal guardian from Ukraine. To support this process and to ensure local authorities are aware of the requirements of the scheme, the government have published detailed guidance here

6 May 2022

Education Secretary addresses schools regarding supporting Ukrainian children – Yesterday, Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi sent a letter to schools and LAs congratulating the huge effort they have put in to welcoming families fleeing the war in Ukraine and supporting children accessing education. In the letter, Mr Zahawi sets out the “broad and balanced” curriculum to be offered to Ukrainian pupils, as well as translation services, and details about accessing the Ukrainian curriculum too. You can read the letter here.

4 May 2022 

Resources for welcoming and supporting refugee pupils and their families. A collection of helpful resources compiled by LBHF Educational Psychology Service. Click here

4 May 2022

Young Minds. Top tips for talking to your young person about the events in Ukraine. Click here

4 May 2022

Life stories. Jenny meets Polina who has had to move to the UK to escape the war. Click here

3 May 2022

Talking to children and young people about war in Ukraine. Click here

3 May 2022

Welcome: a guide for Ukrainians arriving in the UK. Click here

2 May 2022

British Red Cross advice. Click here

2 May 2022

Barnardo’s Ukrainian Support Helpline. Click here

6 April 2022

DLUHC has has added Ukrainian and Russian translations to the welcome guide for Ukrainians arriving in the UK.

The welcome guide includes information on what Ukrainians need to know in the first few days, getting used to life in the UK including how to find a home, access essential public services, healthcare, find work and childcare and education services. It also includes specific information for those arriving on the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

Councils, sponsors and Ukrainians should continue to check the Homes for Ukraine campaign page and frequently asked questions document for further updates.


Guidance in English 

Guidance in Ukrainian

Guidance in Russian

Homes for Ukraine campaign

Frequently asked questions

5 April 2022

Refugee Education UK 

Read our Education Welcome Pack (available here in English, Pashto and Dari) for an introduction to schools and education in the UK. We will soon be making this available in Ukrainian and extending the capacity of our education advice service.