More than a quarter of refugee and asylum-seeking children have
significant unmet mental health needs, research published this week
The report finds that more than a quarter of the 101 refugee and
asylum-seeking children examined had significant psychological
disturbance – three times the national average.
The report, by the department of psychiatry at Warneford Hospital,
Oxford, says services need to be better co-ordinated to address the
“The development of services should include collaboration with
schools, primary health care, and community child mental health
teams,” it says.
Children make up at least a quarter of all asylum seekers in the UK
and, according to the research, are at risk from factors such as
violence, forced displacement and multiple losses.