The City of Sanctuary Movement recognises the important role played
by the health services in the lives and well being of Asylum Seekers. Many arrive traumatised by the experiences from which they have fled, have had to endure difficult and life threatening journeys, lived through periods of destitution and feel all the isolation and insecurity of exile and loss of loved ones. Their culture and language sometimes makes it difficult for them to understand how the NHS works and to access the right services.
Specialised services have developed to meet their needs for example, Primary Care Practices specifically set up for asylum seekers. In addition, health care practitioners have tried to understand and meet the needs of this vulnerable group. This stream aims to support City of Sanctuary Groups and Health Practitioners to develop and share good practice in health care for sanctuary seekers.
City of Sanctuary wishes to recognise all elements of good practice in the
field of health and social care by offering a Sanctuary Award. This award is part of a larger Sanctuary Awards initiative recently launched by the City of Sanctuary movement which is based on three core principles – learn, embed and share.
A Sanctuary and Health discussion forum was set up after the Health Conference in September 2013 Anyone interested in engaging in discussion, sharing of resources and good practice can join in by subscribing to the “Sanctuary Seekers and Health Care” list at https://lists.cityofsanctuary.org/mailman/listinfo/health
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