How to Manage: Refugee Child Health

This course will cover the clinical risk assessment and multidisciplinary approach to the holistic management of AURASC

What is the course about?

Current and previous global events mean an ever-increasing number of AURASC in our patient population. AURASC present complex health needs underpinned by their vulnerabilities. Health professionals working with AURASC must be equipped to identify and address short- and long-term health needs in a multidisciplinary manner.

This course will cover the clinical risk assessment and multidisciplinary approach to the holistic management of AURASC.



Target Audience

  • Paediatricians
  • General Practitioners
  • Nursing staff
  • Allied health professionals involved in assessing the health needs and delivering care for accompanied and unaccompanied refugee and asylum seeking children (AURASC).

Participants may have a variety of previous experience and knowledge in managing AURASC. We anticipate this training day will be of benefit to all.



Learning Aims, Objectives and Outcomes:


We aim to increase awareness, knowledge, skills and confidence to assess and manage the health needs of AURASC across medical settings. This study day will help delegates develop an updated and evidence-based approach to the assessment and management of AURASC.


By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the scale and complexity of health needs in the local, national, and global context for AURASC.
  • Recognise the impact of the refugee and asylum seeking processes on the health of children and young people.
  • Recognise the importance of practising trauma informed care, using interpreters appropriately, and achieving effective communication with both AURASC and other professionals
  • Understand and implement a framework for the initial assessment of AURASC.
  • Recognise the common physical and mental health needs of AURASC and understand how to approach these needs.
  • Analyse the key infectious disease risks that affect AURASC and the screening processes for these conditions.
  • Understand the vulnerable status of AURASC and address the safeguarding and ethical aspects of their care
  • Recognise the RCPCH’s current position on age assessment in asylum seeking children and understand the scientific, ethical, and legal challenges associated with disputed age in asylum seeking and refugee populations
  • Evaluate psychosocial health needs of AURASC including the importance of family reunification and their experiences of trauma
  • Advocate for appropriate healthcare pathways for AURASC in the community, national, and international setting.
  • Listen and respond to the voice of young asylum-seekers when accessing health care and addressing their health needs



Faculty Lead

Dr Bhanu Williams

Dr Bhanu Williams is a consultant paediatrician and director of medical education at Northwick Park Hospital in North West London. She is a deputy dean for Health Education England in London.

She has previously served at RCPCH Global Officer, working with the team to grow our programmes to strengthen health systems for critically unwell children in lower income settings.


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