The negotiation of culture in foster care placments for separated refugee and asylum seeking young people in Ireland and England

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Title: The negotiation of culture in foster care placments for separated refugee and asylum seeking young people in Ireland and England
Authors: Ní Raghallaigh, Muireann
Sirriyeh, Ala
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Date: 13-Feb-2014
Online since: 2014-02-19T16:03:08Z
Abstract: Little is known about separated asylum seeking young people in foster care. This article addresses this gap by drawing together findings from qualitative research conducted with separated refugee and asylum seeking young people in two studies - one in England and one in Ireland. Focusing on the role of culture, the authors examine similar findings from the two studies on the significance of culture in young people's experiences of foster care. Culturally 'matched' placements are often assumed to provide continuity in relation to cultural identity. This article draws on young people's accounts of 'matched' and 'non-matched' placements to examine the extent to which this may be the case for separated young people. It was found that young people regarded it as important to maintain continuity in relation to their cultures of origin, but that cultural 'matching' with foster carers according to country of origin and/or religion was not the only means for achieving this. The authors suggest that practitioners need to adopt an individualised approach in determining whether a 'matched' or a cross-cultural placement best meets the various needs of separated young people, including their identity development needs.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Sage
Journal: Childhood
Copyright (published version): The Author(s) 2014
Keywords: Separated childrenAsylumRefugeeFoster careUnaccompanied minors
DOI: 10.1177/0907568213519137
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice Research Collection

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