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Children and vulnerable groups services 

Children and vulnerable groups services
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Children and vulnerable groups services
Author(s):

Diana Miconi

, and Cécile Rousseau

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198833741.003.0049
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date: 07 May 2021

In this chapter on children and vulnerable groups services we discuss the challenges involved in the provision of services to migrant and refugee families and young people. Firstly, obstacles preventing migrant and refugee populations from accessing services are identified, and the importance of culturally adapted and culturally safe services is underlined. Secondly, an overview of available interventions at the individual, family, and community level is provided, emphasizing the role of schools as an important bridge between migrant families and the host society. Thirdly, the importance of a resilience-based and ecological approach to provision of services to these vulnerable populations is discussed, and an illustration of a multimodal intervention implemented in collaboration with local schools and communities is provided. Lastly, in light of the complex and heterogeneous needs of migrant and refugee populations, a pyramid, tiered model of provision of services to migrants and refugees is advocated.

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