The Health of Refugee Children - guidelines for paediatricians (useful for all health workers)
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (1999)
These guidelines have been produced to assist paediatricians who are caring for refugee children. There is a considerable amount of documentation about the problems faced by refugees in terms of poor health and problems in
accessing health services.
Link [Last update: 2006-06-22; 17:29]
Sheila Melzak, head of child and adolescent psychotherapy at the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture argues for the importance of providing adequate support so that children who arrive in the UK separated from their families may rebuild their lives.
Link [Last update: 2006-06-22; 17:33]
Children's Rights Alliance for England (CRAE)
CRAE is an alliance of over 170 organisations committed to promoting children's human rights. They run children's rights projects and campaigns; actively promote children's and young people's participation in decision-making; provide information to organisations and individuals; offer training on children's rights and participation; produce publications on different aspects of children's human rights.
Link [Last update: 2006-06-22; 17:41]
Free school meals
This site has information for parents including on free school meals are provided to children of asylum seekers who are being supported by the National Asylum Support Service (NASS), or who are receiving support from a local authority Social Services Department.
Link [Last update: 2005-05-25; 15:33]
The Children's Society
This charity is concerned about the impact of legislation and policies surrounding refugee children and young people. Through their project's they work directly with refugee children and their families to ensure they have a voice, as well as campaigning to influence legislation so that it meets their needs.
For more information on their work on refugee and asylum seekers, please contact the Social Policy Officer on
0207 841 4409.
Link [Last update: 2005-05-25; 15:34]
Refugee and asylum seekers' children: Teacher.net
It is government policy that children from asylum seeking and refugee backgrounds are given the same opportunities as all other children to access education. LEAs have a legal duty to ensure that education is available for all children of compulsory school age in their area, appropriate to age, ability and aptitudes and any Special Educational Needs (SEN) they may have. This duty applies irrespective of a child's immigration status or rights of residence in a particular area.
Link [Last update: 2005-05-25; 15:35]
Child Advocacy International
Provides comprehensive list of articles and publications relating to refugee and asylum children.
Link [Last update: 2005-02-17; 11:35]
Childrens Legal Centre
CLC help non-immigration specialist professionals working with asylum seeking and refugee children find out about this group of children's rights and entitlements. This site also details on armed conflict involving children and their rights.
Link [Last update: 2005-05-25; 15:11]
Information note on Home Office position re Schedule 3 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 as it applies to former Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC).
Information from the Childrens Legal Centre
Link [Last update: 2005-09-07; 10:08]