Good Practice in Social Care for Refugees and Asylum Seekers.
SCIE Guide 37.
Social Care Institute for Excellence (Great Britain).
, 42 p.
Published: May 2015
Intended to support commissions and providers of social care services to work effectively with refugees and asylum seekers in the United Kingdom, this guide explains a rights-based approach for asylum seekers and refugees with social care needs and presents pointers for good practice. It begins with an overview of asylum seekers and refugees in the United Kingdom and then explains adopting a rights-based approach to social care is the best way of ensuring that the principles of equality and respect identified by asylum seekers and refugees in the research review are met. Following sections review relevant legislation and policy, services to children and young people in families seeking asylum, people detained under the Mental Health Act, guidance specific to asylum seekers and refugees, the social care needs of asylum seekers and refugees, and strategies for identifying and responding to social care needs and the asylum process. Pointers for good practice are then discussed, including pointers for organizational foundations, ensuring access to services, high-quality culturally sensitive service provision, promoting social inclusion, and for children and young people. Key messages from the research on services for asylum seekers and refugees are shared, and additional resources are listed. 6 references.
United Kingdom; refugees; immigrants; social services; child welfare services; children of immigrants; childrens rights; promising practices; cultural competency; guidelines