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

Thomas, S., Thomas, S., Nafees, B. and Bhugra, D. 2004, I was running away from death - the pre-flight experiences of unaccompanied asylum seeking children in the UK, Child: care health and development, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 113-122, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2003.00404.x.

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Title I was running away from death - the pre-flight experiences of unaccompanied asylum seeking children in the UK
Author(s) Thomas, S.ORCID iD for Thomas, S. orcid.org/0000-0003-1427-7775
Thomas, S.
Nafees, B.
Bhugra, D.
Journal name Child: care health and development
Volume number 30
Issue number 2
Start page 113
End page 122
Total pages 10
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2004-03
ISSN 0305-1862
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2003.00404.x
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Blackwell Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30079623

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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