Clowns Without Borders UK

United Kingdom

A group of children in a sports hall striking funny poses
For children and adolescents seeking refuge in England, the complexities and uncertainty of the asylum process can severely affect their well-being. A child’s confidence and sense of belonging are also affected by social and cultural isolation.

What did Clowns do?

Our children’s board told us we must work in the UK – so, we are. We delivered consultation workshops with children and young people living in reception centres in London and Surrey. It’s important to us that children and young people help create the programme they will take part in.

Working with Arts Council England, we have also created a guide to children’s participation in governance and policy-making.


We meet regularly with our children’s advisory board and are currently working with refugee children to co-develop playful and trauma-informed activities to ensure we meet their needs.

Children and young people’s ideas and experiences make our work as meaningful, effective – and fun – as possible! 


“It is important for us there are more activities like this. Every week! This is the first. Our room is so small. Just the bed. And it’s so cold outside.”

Naima – 14 years old

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