Children and young people must be granted access to their human rights regardless of nationality or the absence of the legal papers that grant them permission to reside within a foreign country’s borders. Across Europe refugee & migrant children are frequently being denied these rights. RYS exists to support the state, state funded bodies and NGOs to effectively provide for this vulnerable group of people, acting as the trusted link between services and service users, whilst advocating for change where services are inadequate or missing entirely.
RYS also provides ‘Safe Spaces’ to facilitate these services; places where children and young people can feel safe, relax, and be able to fully express themselves, without fear of being made to feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe on account of biological sex, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, cultural background, religious affiliation, age, or physical or mental ability. These are spaces where the rules guard each person’s self-respect and dignity and ensure that everyone also respects each-others. These spaces provide a location for external services to operate, including those providingeducation, psychological support and legal advice, as well as activities that contribute to a wider program of social development including those which are art, sport and music based. RYS works with 12-23 year olds, with different projects and spaces targeting different groups within this range.