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In Search of Safety


Discover the reasons why people seek asylum, understand the situations they face and meet those who've experienced it for themselves in Red Cross' engaging community education program.

I don't want any kids to go through what I went through in my country. For everyone who wants to see a better and fairer world, educating the next generation from a neutral perspective is an obligation; In Search of Safety is a vital program to help kids get the right facts about asylum seekers and refugees.

- Cali, In Search of Safety guest speaker



Who are asylum seekers? Why do they come to Australia? What is life like for them now?

Like many questions surrounding asylum seekers and refugees, there are many myths and misunderstandings about the real reasons people seek asylum in Australia.

In Search of Safety is an interactive education program for schools and community groups that helps answer these questions and more.

Developed by Australian Red Cross, In Search of Safety gives people the opportunity to meet and talk to someone who came to Australia as an asylum seeker or refugee.

In workshops delivered by trained Red Cross staff and volunteers, participants are presented with the facts about asylum seekers and refugees though thought-provoking presentations, engaging group activities and enlightening stories told by speakers who have first-hand experience of seeking and being granted protection in Australia.

In Search of Safety runs programs in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory for the following groups:

Primary Schools: NSW, QLD, SA, VIC, WA

In Search of Safety gives primary school students a valuable insight into the real reasons why people choose to seek asylum in Australia. Delivered to students by trained facilitators and guest speakers, each session runs for around 90 minutes and can be customised if required.

  • A pre-presentation activity for teachers to gauge student's existing understanding of the reasons why people seek asylum. 
  • A presentation that provides an overview of humanitarian issues, the reasons why people seek refuge outside their home country, and the challenges faced by asylum seekers living in the community in Australia. 
  • An engaging role-play activity that encourages students to walk in the shoes of someone seeking safety outside of their country. 
  • The opportunity to hear the personal stories of someone with first-hand experience of seeking safety in Australia. 
  • An evaluation activity for teachers to gauge shifts in student's knowledge of asylum seekers and refugees.

Secondary Schools/Colleges: ACT, NSW, QLD, SA, WA

In-depth and issue-rich, In Search of Safety gives secondary students the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the topic of asylum seekers and refugees through interactive scenario-based games, discussion and plenty of active participation. Guest speakers are subject to availability on the day.

Each session usually runs for 90 minutes and includes:

  • A pre-presentation activity for teachers to gauge student's existing understanding of the reasons why people seek asylum.
  • A presentation that provides an overview of human rights, the reasons why people seek refuge outside their home country and the challenges faced by asylum seekers living in immigration detention and in the community.
  • An engaging and involving activity that encourages students to walk in the shoes of someone seeking safety outside of their country.
  • The opportunity to hear from a community speaker who will share their personal journey and experiences of seeking safety in Australia and the challenges they faced settling into life in the community.
  • An evaluation activity for teachers to gauge shifts in student's knowledge of the asylum seeker journey and the reasons why people become refugees and seek asylum.

Community groups: ACT, NSW, SA, WA

In addition to school programs, In Search of Safety is available to groups in the community wanting to learn more about the situation faced by people seeking asylum in Australia. Through informative and engaging presentations, In Search of Safety aims to improve public understanding of asylum seekers and refugees and help dispel the many myths and misunderstandings surrounding migration.

Open to clubs, organisations, workplaces, communities and groups of any size, these community conversations give participants a valuable opportunity to hear real-life stories from people with direct and first-hand experience as refugees and asylum seekers in Australia.

From small and informal gatherings to large forums and conferences, the talks can be customised to any size, for any group and to any particular area of interest. The talks are run by Red Cross staff and volunteers and are free of charge

Empathy is an important ingredient in the fabric of a healthy society. In Search of Safety assists in giving people the capacity to share and recognise emotions and issues experienced by asylum seekers and refugees, possibly assisting in creating a more loving, flexible and understanding society in general.

- Carsten Ostergaard Pedersen, In Search of Safety volunteer presenter

How to book an In Search of Safety session

To find out more information about which program is running near you, how to book a session or to express interest , contact : 

Australian Capital Territory
Call: 02 6234 7695
Email: actmsphub@redcross.org.au

New South Wales
Call: 02 5963 2954
Email: nswinsearchofsafety@redcross.org.au

Queensland
Call: 07 3367 5665
Email: qldmsphub@redcross.org.au

South Australia
Call: 08 8100 4629
Email: saconversations@redcross.org.au

Victoria
Call: 03 8327 7700
Email: vicinsearchofsafety@redcross.org.au

Western Australia
Call: 08 9225 8830
Email: wainsearchofsafety@redcross.org.au

Volunteer for In Search of Safety

In Search of Safety is only possible with the generous assistance of our volunteers. If you would like to get involved, please contact Red Cross in your state.

Have you experienced life as an asylum seeker yourself?

If you have experience of seeking asylum in Australia yourself and would like to know more about how you can become involved with In Search of Safety, please contact your nearest office.

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