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Child Care Health Dev. 2004 Mar;30(2):113-22.

'I was running away from death'- the pre-flight experiences of unaccompanied asylum seeking children in the UK.

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Department of War Studies, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, London, UK. SamThomas1973@aol.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To collect information about the pre-flight experiences of unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) in the UK to increase the understanding of support needed on arrival in the UK.

METHODS:

Retrospective social services case file and legal statement review and semi-structured in-depth interviews with 100 UASC.

RESULTS:

Nearly half of all UASC have experienced separation from or loss of parents and/or family members (47%), and a further 41% had personally experienced or witnessed violence. Sexual violence (such as rape) was reported by 24% of African girls. Many children reported complex journeys to the UK.

CONCLUSIONS:

UASC arrive in the UK with a variety of potentially traumatic experiences. Whilst research is starting to identify some of the experiences of UASC, further culturally appropriate research is needed to identify their health and social needs after arrival. Further research will help to identify the specific experiences of UASC, indicating where services should be improved to deal with their complex and diverse needs.

PMID:
14961864
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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