The social work response to unaccompanied asylum seeking children

Rainbird, Karen (2009) The social work response to unaccompanied asylum seeking children. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    There is a growing concern, amongst social work practitioners, that the conflicting demands of child welfare and immigration legislation is impacting on social work practice with unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

    This study conducts a review of literature in this field, and evaluates the culture of disbelief, that is perpetuated by government’s use of social workers in the role of age assessors. Further, the social work response, which is initiated by the age assessment, is analysed, and an insight provided into the resulting relationship between practitioner and child. Consideration is made of the impact of a security driven immigration system, in facilitating an ambivalent and inconsistent response, by Social Services, to these children’s needs.

    The study concludes by making recommendations for future research in this newly evolving field.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2011 16:04
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:26

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