There are a few things to keep in mind as you write a letter to an asylum seeker child:
1. Keep language simple. Remember that you are writing to young people who may not have a good grasp of the English language.
2. Try and keep it positive – you want to try and foster a distraction from detention.
3. Be mindful of the possibility that asylum seekers may have experienced a traumatic past, so think about your message carefully.
4. Remember that these are vulnerable children and we don’t want to further complicate their situation.
5. Please don’t raise detained Asylum Seekers expectations regarding release – do not include statements like ‘Welcome to Australia’ or ‘You will love Australia’ or ‘Australia is a great place’
6. Be creative! Add fun drawing and colour to your message.
What to say:
Essentially this should be a message of good wishes. Tell the children you are thinking of them, you hope that they remain strong, and there are many people who support them.
You can introduce yourself. You might want to write a little about who you are and why you are writing this letter.
You can also send pictures, drawings, poetry or stories.
View our Messages of Support album for ideas and inspiration.