176 pages, 6 x 9
Children from abroad who are alone in the UK are vulnerable and at increased risk of harm without the care and protection of their parents or caregivers. They may be unaccompanied asylum seekers, refugees, or victims of trafficking. This book examines the issues and problems faced by these children, what their needs are, and how these needs should be met in order to ensure their effective safeguarding. It demonstrates that these children often receive a different level of service to children who are UK citizens, and examines how these gaps in services can be addressed. Chapters cover the identification and age assessment of separated children, accommodation provision, private fostering, mental health, detention and returns, and the role of the guardian. Case studies and best practice points are included throughout the book.This important book will be essential reading for all those who encounter separated children, including social workers, counsellors, health care professionals and those working in the voluntary sector.
RELATED TOPICS: Social Work
Emma Kelly is Lecturer in Social Work (Safeguarding Children), University of Salford, UK. She has worked in the field of safeguarding children for many years, and her particular expertise and interest lies in safeguarding children from abroad and trafficked children. Farhat Bokhari is an independent consultant. She has spent several years researching and writing on separated migrant children.
Introduction. Emma Kelly, University of Salford, UK and Farhat Bokhari, Independent Consultant. 1. Separated Children in the UK: Policy and Legislation. Farhat Bokhari. 2. Identification of Separated Children in the UK. Phil Ishola, Harrow Children's Services. 3. Asylum, Age Disputes and the Process of Age Assessment. Heaven Crawley, University of Swansea, UK and Emma Kelly. 4. Safe Accommodation for Separated Children. Hannah Pearce, ECPAT, UK. 5. Living with Unrelated Adults: Private Fostering. Catherine Shaw, National Children's Bureau and Savita de Sousa, British Association of Adoption and Fostering. 6. Safeguarding the Mental Health Needs of Separated Children. Ruth V. Reed, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and Mina Fazel, University of Oxford, UK. 7. Return of Separated Children to Country of Origin. Nadine Finch, Garden Court Chambers. 8. Listening to Separated Children. Emma Kelly. 9. The Role of the Guardian for Separated Children. Stefan Stoyanov, Children's Commissioner for Scotland. Index.
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