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Many young refugees face significant difficulties in securing support from social services providers. This study invited 21 young refugees aged 16 to 21 to take part in focus groups and follow-up interviews about their experiences of accessing this support. The findings reveal that young refugees may deliberately conform to expectations about their vulnerability in order to benefit from greater support from service providers. Social workers may fail to consider young refugees' abilities and understand the ways in which each individual is vulnerable. The study suggests that group work may be an effective way to engage young refugees to overcome this.

Original publication




Journal article


New Dir Child Adolesc Dev

Publication Date





79 - 91


Adolescent, Conflict (Psychology), Female, Focus Groups, Follow-Up Studies, Health Services Accessibility, Healthcare Disparities, Humans, Interpersonal Relations, Interviews as Topic, London, Male, Professional-Patient Relations, Refugees, Social Conformity, Social Support, Social Work, Vulnerable Populations, Workforce, Young Adult