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.
- Are you a child who has come to the UK from another country? Find out about children’s rights in the UK and who can help you. NSPCC (2015). (www.nspcc.org.uk/globalassets/documents/advice-and-info/advice-children-another-country-uk.pdf).
- Captured childhood: introducing a new model to ensure the rights and liberty of refugee, asylum seeker and irregular migrant children affected by immigration detention. International Detention Coalition, IDC, (2012).
- 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. (www.essex.ac.uk/armedcon/story_id/childrefugeesineurope.pdf).
- First generation immigrants, asylum seekers and refuges: learning from case reviews – summary of risk factors and learning for improved practice. NSPCC (2014). The NSPCC Information Service. (www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/child-protection-system/case-reviews/learning/first-generation-immigrants-asylum-seekers-refugees/).
- Information for Professionals working with Children: Do you have students or young clients who are refugees or asylum seekers? Are you concerned about their behaviour? Are you worried they are not making friends? Are you unsure about what extra support you can give them? Refugee Therapy Centre, (2016).
- My language matter: the multilingual outlook for children in care – a White Paper. Costa, B., Diaum, M., & Yorath, S. (2015). The Victoria Climbie Foundation UK and Mothertongue. (www.mothertongue.org.uk/news/mothertongue-news.php?15).
- Neither safe nor sound: Unaccompanied children on the coastline of the English Channel and the North Sea. UNICEF France, French National Committee for
- Report of the Parliamentary inquiry into asylum support for children and young people. The Children’s Society (2013). (www.childrenssociety.org.uk/what-we-do/policy-and-lobbying/parliamentary-work/parliamentary-inquiry-asylum-support-children-an-1).
- The importance of promoting mental health in children and young people from black and minority ethnic communities. Lavis, P. (2014). Better Health Brief Paper, 33. Race Equality Foundation. (www.better-health.org.uk/briefings/importance-promoting-mental-health-children-and-young-people-black-and-minority-ethnic-com)
- 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. (www.unhcr.org/numbers-toolkit/NJN-MANUAL-EN.pdf).
- Preparing minority children for starting primary school: integrating health and education. Chowbey, P., Garrick, R., & Harrop, D. (2015). Better Health Briefing Paper 35. Race Equality Foundation. (www.better-health.org.uk/briefings/preparing-minority-ethnic-children-starting-primary-school-integrating-health-and-education).
- Schools of Sanctuary: giving a warm welcome, learn about asylum seekers and refugees and improve your schools’ welcome. (www.oxfam.org.uk/education/resources/schools-of-sanctuary).
- Short guide on access to further education in England for asylum seekers and refugees. Refugee Council Information (2014). British Refugee Council. (www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/assets/0003/3529/FE_guide_December_2014.pdf).
- Black and minority ethnic communities and dementia: where are we now? Truswell, D., (2013). Better Health Briefing Paper, 30. Race Equality Foundation. (www.better-health.org.uk/briefings/black-and-minority-ethnic-communities-and-dementia-where-are-we-now).
- Effective methods of engaging black and minority ethnic communities within health care settings. Latif, S. (2010). Better Health Briefing Paper 18. Race Equality Foundation. (www.better-health.org.uk/briefings/effective-methods-engaging-black-and-minority-ethnic-communities-within-health-care).
- Health experiences of Chinese people in the UK. Chau, R.C. (2008). Better Health Briefing Paper, 10. Race Equality Foundation. (www.better-health.org.uk/briefings/health-experiences-chinese-people-uk).
- Health protection – guidance. NHS entitlements: migrant health guide. The UK Government (2014). (www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-entitlements-migrant-health-guide).
- Improving health and social care support for carers from black and minority ethnic communities. Gregory, C. (2010). Better Health Briefing Paper, 20. Race Equality Foundation. (www.better-health.org.uk/briefings/improving-health-and-social-care-support-carers -black-minority-ethnic-communities)
- Including intersectional identities: safety – reducing social isolation and suffering of LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees. Ansara, Y.G., & Rankin, S. (2013). Equality Network. (www.equality-network.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Safety-Practical-Guide-April-2014.pdf).
- Including intersectional identities: sanctuary – assisting LGBTI asylum seekers in the UK. Ansara, Y.G., & Rankin, S. (2013). Equality Network. (www.equality-network.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Sanctuary-Practical-Guide-April-2014.pdf).
- Including intersectional identities: solidarity – partnering for change. Ansara, Y.G., & Rankin, S. (2013). Equality Network. (www.equality-network.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Solidarity-Practical-Guide-April-2014.pdf).
- Internalised stigma as a barrier to access to health and social care services by minority ethnic groups in the UK. Owuor, J., & Nake, N. (2015). Better Health Briefing Paper 36. Race Equality Foundation. (www.better-health.org.uk/briefings/internalised-stigma-barrier-access-health-and-social-care-services-minority-ethnic-groups).
- Living on the margins: Syrian refugees in Jordan struggle to access health care. Amnesty International, (2016).
- Personalisation for people from black and minority ethnic groups. Moriarty, J. (2014). Better Health Briefing Paper 34. Race Equality Foundation. (www.better-health.org.uk/briefings/personalisation-people-black-and-minority-ethnic-group).
- Refugee Council England’s forgotten refugees: out of the fire and into the frying pan Basedow, J., & Doyle, L. (2016).
- Sexual health, asylum seekers and refugees. A handbook for people working with refugees and asylum seekers in England. Wilson, R., Sanders M., & Dumper, H. (2007). Family Planning Association, FPA. (www.fpa.org.uk/sites/default/files/sexual-health-asylum-seekers-and-refugees.pdf).
- Update: health and access to healthcare of migrants in the UK. Jayaweera, H. (2012). Better Health Briefing Paper, 19. Race Equality Foundation. (www.raceequalityfoundation.org.uk/publications/downloads/update-health-and-access-health-care-migrants-uk).
- Update: the health and social care experiences of black and minority ethnic older people. Moriarty, J. (2012). Better Health Briefing Paper, 9. Race Equality Foundation. (www.raceequalityfoundation.org.uk/publications/downloads/update-better-health-9).
- Asylum support, section 4 Policy & Process. UK Visas & Immigration (2015). (www.gov.uk/government/publications/asylum-support-section-4-policy-and-process).
- Best practice guide to asylum and human rights appeals. Henderson, M., & Pickup, A. (2015). Electronic Immigration Network, EIN. (www.ein.org.uk/bpg/contents).
- EU-Turkey Agreement Failing Refugee Women and Girls. Women’s Refugee Commission, (2016).
- Falling Through the Cracks: Refugee Women and Girls in Germany and Sweden. Women’s Refugee Commission, (2016).
- Female refugees and asylum seekers: the issue of integration. Policy Department for Citizen’s Rights and Constitutional Affairs, European Parliament, European Union, (2016).
- Guidance for Employers: employing refugees – the documents required as evidence of entitlement to work in the UK. Equality & Human Rights Commission & The Refugee Council (2014). (www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/assets/0003/4097/Employing_Refugees_-_Guide_to_documents_required_Dec_2014.pdf).
- Invisible suffering: Prolonged and systematic detention of migrants and asylum seekers in substandard conditions in Greece, (2014). Médecins Sans Frontières, (MSF).
- Legal framework and standards relating to the detention of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants: a guide. The International Detention Coalition, IDC, (2011).
- LGBTI persons in immigration detention: International Detention Coalition, IDC, position paper, (2016).
- Monitoring Immigration detention: practical manual. Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), (2014).
- NGO monitoring of immigration detention: tips, examples and positive practices. Outcomes of workshop for European NGOs Brussels. Flemish Refugee Action and International Detention Coalition, (2015).
- Our Human Rights Act: refugees and people speaking asylum. The British Institute of Human Rights (2016). BIHR briefing on the HRA. (www.bihr.org.uk/hrarefugeesasylum).
- Research report 52 – refugees and asylum seekers: a review from an equality and human rights perspective. Aspinall, P., & Watters, C. (2010). Equality & Human Rights Commission & University of Kent. (www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/publication-download/research-report-52-refugees-and-asylum-seekers-review-equality-and-human-rights).
- There are alternatives: a handbook for preventing unnecessary immigration detention (revised edition). International Detention Coalition, IDC, (2015).
- Vulnerability Screening Tool - Identifying and addressing vulnerability: a tool for asylum and migration systems. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, International Detention Coalition, IDC, with the support of the Oak Foundation (2016).
- A civilised society: mental health provision for refugees and asylum seekers in England & Wales. Mind (2009). (www.mind.org.uk/media/273472/a-civilised-society.pdf).
- African and Caribbean men and mental health. Keating, F. (2007). Better Health Briefing Paper, 5. Race Equality Foundation. (www.better-health.org.uk/briefings/african-and-caribbean-men-and-women-health).
- Better practice in mental health for black and minority ethnic communities. Butt, J. et al (2015). Race Equality Foundation. (www.raceequalityfoundation.org.uk/resources/downloads/better-practice-mental-health-black-and-minority-ethnic-communities).
- Commissioning mental health services for vulnerable adult migrants: guidance for commissioners. Fassil, Y., & Burnett, A. (2015). (www.mind.org.uk/media/3168649/vulnerable-migrants_2015_mindweb.pdf).
- Exploring intimate relationship experiences of Asian disabled women. Dutt, R. (2014). Race Equality Foundation. (www.raceequalityfoundation.org.uk/resources/downloads/exploring-intimate-relationship-experiences-asian-disabled-women).
- Forced marriage and mental health. Singh, M. (2011). Better Health Briefing Paper, 24. Race Equality Foundation. (www.better-health.org.uk/briefings/forced-marriage-and-mental-health).
- Improving mental health support for refugee communities: an advocacy approach. Mind (2009). (www.mind.org.uk/media/192447/refugee_report_1.pdf)
- Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Refugees, Asylum-seekers and Migrants on the Move in Europe: a multi-agency guidance note. UNHCR, IOM, MHPSS.net, (2015).
- Mental health crisis review: experiences of black and minority ethnic communities. Samir, J., Shoham, T., & Islam-Barrett, F. (2015). Race Equality Foundation. (www.raceequalityfoundation.org.uk/resources/downloads/mental-health-crisis-review-%E2%80%93-experiences-black-and-minority-ethnic-communities).
- Neglected trauma- asylum seekers in Italy: an analysis of mental health distress and access to healthcare. Médecins Sans Frontières, (2016).
- Prevention Review: Landscape Paper. Metal Health Foundation, (2015).
- Psychosocial and mental health interventions in areas of mass violence: a community-based approach. Guideline document, second edition, De Jong, K. (2011). Médecins Sans Frontières.
- The mental health of migrant women. Latif, Z. (2014). Better Health Briefing Paper, 31. Race Equality Foundation. (www.better-health.org.uk/briefings/maternal -mental-health-migrant-women).
- Understanding how asylum seekers and refugees access and experience mental health support in Leeds. Karpuk, D. et al (2012). NHS Leeds, Positive Action for Refugees & Asylum Seekers, PAFRAS, and Touchstone. (www.better-health.org.uk/resources/research/understanding-how-asylum-seekers-and-refugees-access-and-experience-mental-health).
- WHO Europe Policy Brief on Migration & Health: mental health care for refugees. Giacco, D., & Priebe, S. (2015). World Health Organisation/Europe. (www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/293271/Policy-Brief-Migration-Health-Mental-Health-Care-Refugees.pdf?4a=1).
- Working with Immigrant-Origin Clients. An update for mental health professionals. Based on the Report of the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration. Crossroads: The Psychology of Immigration in the New Century. APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration, (2013).
- Working with people seeking asylum and refugee (WWPSAR): a guide for mental health and social care professionals in Merseyside. Liverpool NHS PCT & Mersey Care NHS Trust, (2012). (www.cph.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Working-with-people-seeking-asylum-refuge.pdf).
- An interim review of interpreting and translating services in health and social care. Rosenberg, J. (2011). Race Equality Foundation. (www.raceequalityfoundation.org.uk/publications/downloads/interim-review-interpreting-and-translating-services-health-and-social-care).
- In your own words: better practice in commissioning interpreting and translation services in health and social care. Islam-Barrett, F. (2012). Race Equality Foundation. (www.raceequalityfoundation.org.uk/publications/downloads/your-own-words-better-practice-commissioning-its).
- Language support: challenges and benefits for users and providers of health and social care services. Costa, B. (2013). Better Health Briefing Paper, 26. Race Equality Foundation. (www.better-health.org.uk/briefings/language-support-challenges-and-benefits-users-and-providers-health-and-social-care-services).
- Psychotherapy across languages: beliefs, attitudes and practices of monolingual and multilingual therapists with their multilingual patients. Costa, B., & De Waele, J.M. (2013). Counselling & Psychotherapy Research. BACP. (www.researchgate.net/publication/264711714_psychotherapy_across_languages_beliefs_attitudes_and_practices_of_monolingual_and_multilingual_therapists_with_their_multilingual_patients).
- Working with interpreters in health settings: guidelines for psychologists. Tribe, R., & Thompson, K. (2008). The British Psychological Society, BPS. (www.ucl.ac.uk/dclinpsy/training-handbook/chapters/handbook-pdf/SECTION_8_Appendix_9_BPS_guidance_on_working_with_interpreters_June_2013),
or (www.ucl.ac.uk/dclinpsy/training-handbook/chapters/handbook-pdf/appendix6). You may need to copy and paste the link into your search engine for the link to work.
- Working with an interpreter: a toolkit for practitioners and interpreters, Good Practice Guide. Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland (2013). (www.mwcscot.org.uk/media/127976/interpreter_toolkit_for_practitioners_and_interpreters_march_2013.pdf).