NHS entitlements: migrant health guide

The government’s NHS entitlements: migrant health guide explains migrants’ NHS entitlements, providing an in-depth look at the services in the NHS. This provides migrants an overview of the NHS and how the healthcare system generally works. It also includes information on Brexit and COVID-19.

Sexual health resources

Let’s Talk About It and Young and Free explain what sexual health services are, the services that are provided, and how to access sexual health services. There are also question and answers that can be used when educating young people on topics about sexual health and consent. The resources also discuss contraception and sexually transmitted diseases.

Separated Child Foundation sleep packs

The Separated Child Foundation offers sleep packs. This is a pouch which contains:

  • a night shirt
  • a plug-in night light
  • a lavender bag
  • a specially created ‘sweet dreams’ card
  • an eye mask
  • ear plugs
  • tissues
  • a stress ball

The Foundation provides these packs for free (as well as arrival packs with basic essentials), you just need to pay the postage.

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health offers information to support paediatricians in the assessment and management of children and young people of refugee background, including links to key external information and resources.

Royal College of Nursing

The Royal College of Nursing offers resources for primary healthcare professionals to help them support migrant patients.

These include guidance on health topics, entitlements to an interpreter, information on data sharing, and migrants’ entitlements to NHS services.

Doctors of the World resources

Doctors of the World offers a range of online tools and guidance for healthcare professionals, including information about migrants’ rights to healthcare and official guidance for NHS staff.

UASC Health

UASC Health offers a range of resources developed by paediatricians and designated professionals to support with assessing and addressing the health needs of unaccompanied children.

Mental Health

Young Minds Resilience Cards

The Young Minds resilience cards are a resource to promote resilient practice with children and young people. This document contains several phases that promote attitudes of gratitude and contentment.

This is done by highlighting certain things the young people have that should promote gratitude like ‘I have access to transport’ or ‘I can ask for help if I need it’.

Wellbeing toolkit

The Brighter Futures wellbeing toolkit was produced by a young refugee and migrant group in London.

It has some great games and exercises that are designed to help support young peoples mental health and wellbeing. These can be used for mental health and wellbeing, both individually or in group sessions.

Red Cross Teaching Resources

The British Red Cross education team has produced loneliness and wellbeing teaching resources.

They also offer free workshops and support for educators.

UASC Health

The UASC Health website offers advice about the main mental health and wellbeing issues faced by unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

The UASC Health website includes a video made by separated children about what makes a difference to their sleep. It also includes information about a range of other topics, including:

  • semi-starvation on journey to the UK
  • screening for psychological distress
  • sleep packs and disordered sleep patterns

Moments for Mindfulness

The Refugee Council’s mindfulness and self help guide offers mindfulness practices to aid in decreasing stress and promoting a positive attitude.

The guide can be used individually or in group sessions, and includes sections on mindful practices, structured daily routines and creative exercises.

Mindfulness in Arabic course

The Mindfulness in Arabic course is a free 8-week mindfulness course entirely in Arabic. To find it, just click on the ‘Arabic course’ tab under ‘Course’ at the top.

All the recordings and resources are on the website, and the next sessions become available as you move through the course, so you can complete it at your own pace.