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Ní Raghallaigh, Muireann and Smith, Karen and Scholtz,, Jennifer Jean (2019) Safe haven: a study on the needs of refugee children arriving in Ireland through the Irish Refugee Protection Programme. Dublin: Children’s Rights Alliance.

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This report is a scoping study on the needs of children and young people coming to Ireland under the International Refugee Programme. The families involved in this research are exclusively from Syria, a country that has lived through more than eight years of civil war and bloodshed. Many are traumatised, have lost loved ones or witnessed acts of violence or torture before arriving in Ireland. Some children reported bedwetting, nightmares or having difficulties sleeping. Teachers referred to behavioural issues in the classroom like fighting, biting, spitting, bad language, which they attributed to trauma. Professionals were concerned that some children found it hard to make friends and were struggling emotionally. What is clear is the need for education professionals to receive training on trauma-awareness yet this is not routinely available.


Date:September 2019
Pages:44 p.
Publisher:Children’s Rights Alliance
Place of Publication:Dublin
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Subjects:L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family relations > Family role
L Social psychology and related concepts > Inclusion and exclusion
MA-ML Social science, culture and community > Sociocultural discrimination concepts > Minority group (racial group, immigrant, Traveller)
T Demographic characteristics > Child
T Demographic characteristics > Adolescent / youth (teenager / young person)
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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