SCIE media releases 2010

Support for refugees and asylum seekers

14 June 2010

When I came to the UK I didn’t trust anyone, without the knowledge of where to turn, I was lost.

Adelzin, Manchester Refugee Support Network

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is launching a new report during Refugee Week, ‘Good practice in social care for refugees and asylum seekers’. The report and accompanying resources will support commissioners and providers of social care services in working effectively with this seldom heard group.

The report applies across children’s and adults’ services. It states that good practice rests on a foundation of basic principles and organisational commitment. These principles include:

SCIE’s Director of Adult Services, David Walden says:

The report is based on the belief that refugees and asylum seekers have rights, including the right to a decent quality of assessment and provision in response to their social care needs.

The support resources will enable practitioners to navigate the complex terrain of policy and practice. It is clear that there is a distinct gap in the provision of social care for refugees and asylum seekers. These seldom heard groups are often unfamiliar with social care services in the UK and are hesitant to seek help.

Azeldin’s story

Azeldin came to Britain as an asylum seeker and was eventually granted refugee status. He says: There is something missing in the middle. There are organisations that provide social services and there are people in need of social services, but there is no connection between the two.

SCIE will launch the report at Celebrating Sanctuary, the flagship Refugee Week event taking place on Sunday 13th June at London’s Southbank Centre. The event celebrates refugee communities in the UK, a theme echoed in SCIE’s new report.

Media contact

Steve Palmer | Press and Public Affairs Manager | Tel: 020 7766 7419 | Mob: 07739 458 192 | Email: media@scie.org.uk

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