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Unequal care: an introduction to understanding UK policy and the impact on asylum-seeking children

By Pauline Lane and Rachel Tribe


This paper identifies the major relevant legislation and procedures which affect health and social care provision for asylum-seeking children in the UK. It discusses some of the dilemmas asylum-seeking children may experience, as well as issues that practitioners may need to consider to ensure that services are appropriate, accessible and non-stigmatising. The paper also identifies the different ‘categories’ of asylum-seeking children who are supported under different sections of the Children Act and how they can result in unequal levels of social care, and identifies some positive practice examples for children who have been trafficked

Year: 2006
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