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Title: Practical strategies for working with traumatised children from refugee backgrounds in early childhood settings
Contributor(s): Lamb, Cherie (author)
Publication Date: 2017
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Abstract: Maryam, not her real name, drew alongside me because she wanted to tell me her story outside of the focus group setting. She said, 'I had to withdraw my son from child care because he wanted to kill himself'. When I expressed surprise she repeated that child care had made him 'upset and suicidal' and that he was 'cutting himself'. Maryam is a refugee from a Middle Eastern country who arrived in Australia with her nine-year-old daughter, Sarah, via a perilous boat journey after enduring unspeakable atrocities. On arrival they were incarcerated in an Australian offshore detention centre for several months while their claims for asylum were processed. She told me that parenting was 'very hard' under the 'horrendous' conditions they had endured inside the camp. Her son, who I will call Benjamin, was born after her release from detention and he was sitting alongside her, nonverbal, clingy and anxious.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of the Early Childhood Teachers' Association Inc, 23(3), p. 20-23
Publisher: Early Childhood Teachers' Association Inc
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1323-823x
Field of Research (FOR): 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 939903 Equity and Access to Education
930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified
930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
HERDC Category Description: C3 Non-Refereed Article in a Professional Journal
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