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Child refugees: how nurses should assess their needs

Nurses need to be aware of safeguarding as well as physical health needs

In addition to checking physical health, nurses should be aware of safeguarding issues for child refugees, their rights as well as organisations that can help

The war in Ukraine has led to a mass movement of refugees across Europe as millions of civilians flee the war seeking safety. The conflict has refocused attention on the needs of child refugees.

But the need has always been there, with almost 3,500 children seeking asylum in the UK in the first half of 2020, says Unicef . More than 3,700 unaccompanied children under the age of 18

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