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Tools, Tips and Traits for a Young Refugee Journey

Tools, Tips and Traits for a Young Refugee Journey

Children and young people from a refugee background are likely to have experienced multiple traumatic events, often impacting on their social and emotional wellbeing. Despite this, some children and young people are able to overcome these difficulties and thrive in spite of them. The literature asserts that it can be the presence of certain protective factors – strengths and assets possessed by the child and/or young person – that helps mitigate against the effects of these traumatic experiences. Children with high levels of social and emotional wellbeing are more likely to successfully negotiate physical, intellectual, emotional and social challenges during childhood and adolescence. This case study of a 16 year old Iranian adolescent will highlight the protective factors that have assisted this young girl to cope with the challenges of her particular refugee journey.