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Guidelines and Downloads on Mental Health & Social Care of Refugees & Asylum Seekers

This page provides access to valuable international, governmental and non-profit organisational agencies’ and charities’ guidelines on many challenges faced by refugees, asylum seekers and migrant communities including education, healthcare, social welfare, legal and human right matters, whilst settling in the UK and Worldwide.  These guides aim to assist and inform refugees and asylum seekers and health and social care practitioners and agencies working with them to understand and seek their rights and entitlements.

These resources are grouped into seven categories including Children, Education, Health & Wellbeing, Mental Health, Social Welfare, Legal & Human Rights and Working with Interpreters, to facilitate ease of access.

This catalogue of guides and resources has been produced by Dr Farkhondeh Farsimadan a chartered counselling psychologist who is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and an HCPC registered psychologist.

Please use the categories and links provided below to view the resources.

  • Child refugees in Europe.  Guidelines on the psychosocial context, assessment of and interventions for traumatised children and adolescents.  Brand-Wilhelmy et al (2002). The Therapy Centre for Torture Victims, Caritas Cologne Refugee Counselling Association and European Council on Refugees & Exiles, ECRE.  (
  • Not Just Numbers: teachers manual ‘Not Just Numbers’, Educational toolkit on migration and asylum in Europe.  UNHCR & IOM (2009).  United Nations High Commissioners for Refugees & International Organisation for Migration. (