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Child asylum seekers and refugees: rights and responsibilities

Jones, Adele (2001) Child asylum seekers and refugees: rights and responsibilities. Journal of Social Work, 1 (3). pp. 253-271. ISSN 1468-0173

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    Summary: This article draws on research with young people affected by
    immigration controls (Jones, 1998), other studies and relevant literature
    to examine the conditions and treatment of children and young people
    who seek asylum in the UK.
    • Findings: The findings highlight the detention and impoverishment of
    young asylum seekers and inadequacies in local authority provisions as
    evidence of discriminatory treatment. The author argues that
    contradictions between law and policy relating to children and those
    concerned with immigration control, negative social constructions of
    ‘refugee’ and ‘immigrant’ and the masking of social inequalities in
    dominant discourses of children’s rights are factors which contribute to
    this situation.
    • Applications: The focus of current child care policy within the UK is to
    improve the quality and consistency of services to children in need, to
    improve outcomes for children looked after (children separated from
    birth parents) and to eradicate child poverty. The challenge for social
    work is to extend this concern to children affected by immigration
    controls. The author suggests that social workers have a major part to
    play in reclaiming and revisioning children’s rights as a more inclusive
    concept in order to address the impact of structural inequality and
    discrimination on the achievement of rights. Although arising from work
    in the UK, the findings are more widely applicable in that the need for
    harmonization of domestic legislation with international agreements is
    highlighted and in the appeal for a rights-based approach to social work.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: © 2001 SAGE Publications.
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
    H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
    School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood Studies
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    Depositing User: Sara Taylor
    Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2007
    Last Modified: 21 Dec 2010 15:06


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