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Asylum Seekers and Refugees Sexual Health Project

New publications (October 2007)

Sexual health, asylum seekers and refugees coverSexual health, asylum seekers and refugees
This handbook is published by fpa, and has developed from the concerns of asylum seekers and refugees.

The handbook aims to be a useful resource not just to a wide range of health workers, but also to many other people and organisations working with refugees and asylum seekers. It many different sexual health issues, including areas such as rights and law, background information and good practice guidance. There are also listings of useful organisations and other resources.

You can download a free copy of the Sexual health, asylum seekers and refugees handbook from the fpa website.

Sexual Health in Exile coverSexual health in exile
For the community research component of the Asylum Seekers and Refugees Sexual Health Project, the Centre for HIV and Sexual Health and tandem recruited and trained refugee community researchers who carried out interviews and focus groups in Yorkshire in 2004.

You can read the results in the community research report – Sexual health in exile: the sexual health concerns, issues and needs of refugees and asylum seekers in South and West Yorkshire: a community research report.

You can also dowload a copy of the ethical guidelines (27KB Word document) developed for the project.

The Asylum Seekers and Refugees Sexual Health Project

The project was a collaboration between the Centre for HIV and Sexual Health, fpa and tandem communications and research ltd. It was co-ordinated by tandem.

Our aims:

  • to raise awareness of refugee and asylum seeker sexual health issues
  • to encourage the development of sexual health initiatives that address the needs of refugees and asylum seekers
  • to share good practice and profile examples of initiatives and networks that involve refugee communities, health practitioners, refugee agencies and others in addressing refugee sexual health issues


Our objectives:

  • to recruit and train 16 refugee community researchers, and work with them to gather information about the sexual health needs and concerns of refugees and asylum seekers in South and West Yorkshire
  • to carry out research to identify key issues and examples of relevant sexual health initiatives currently underway in the UK, and related networks and resources
  • to publish this information in a practical handbook, with some pages made available on harpweb (refugee health website)
  • to develop and deploy training, run by sexual health and refugee trainers

Our audience:

  • health professionals (GPs, health visitors, health promotion workers etc)
  • sexual health professionals
  • mental health professionals
  • refugee caseworkers and support staff
  • interpreters and interpreting agencies
  • housing workers
  • refugee community organisations
  • social workers working with refugees/asylum seekers
  • voluntary sector projects working on sexual health and/or refugee issues
  • removal centre staff
  • education and youth workers (including Connexions, Sure Start)
  • NASS, relevant government departments
  • and others

Sexual health:

This was taken to include a wide range of issues, including: HIV, Aids, Hepatitis B; sexually transmitted infections; the sex industry; domestic violence; abortion; trafficking; female genital mutilation; sexual torture and rape; contraception and fertility; safety and the law. We looked at issues as they affect young people, men and women, heterosexual, gay, lesbian and bi-sexual refugees. We also looked at issues relating to culture, language and interpreting.

Who we are:

The Asylum Seekers and Refugees Sexual Health Project was a collaboration between the Centre for HIV and Sexual Health, fpa and tandem communications and research ltd. It was co-ordinated by tandem.

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  Centre for HIV and Sexual Health logo

Background:

Tandem became aware of the need for a sexual health resource in the course of researching 'dispersed' for the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. As a result, the Trust and the Northern & Yorkshire Public Health Observatory convened a meeting which explored the issue further.

Tandem then raised funds for a feasibility study to look into the need for a national resource. Funding during the feasibility stage was provided by the Northern and Yorkshire Public Health Observatory, the Northern and Yorkshire Office of the Health Development Agency and the Scarman Trust.

A number of sexual health and refugee organisations have also helped with the development of the project. Seed funding to help set the project up was provided by four regional consortia of local authorities receiving dispersed asylum seekers and the Department of Health. The project is now being funded by the Department of Health.

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Northern and Yorkshire Public Health Observatory logo

 

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Watching for victims of sex trafficking: James is the only specialist worker helping vulnerable young people who arrive at Heathrow without an adult.
   

 

 

 

 

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