The mental health of detained asylum seeking children.

European child & adolescent psychiatry

PubMedID: 20119746

Hodes M. The mental health of detained asylum seeking children. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2010;19(7):621-3.
European Union policy is to restrict the entry into the EU of asylum seekers. This has resulted in the detention of many thousands of asylum seekers including children and adolescents in prison-like environments. The available evidence suggests this practice is associated with high levels of psychological distress, anxiety, affective and posttraumatic stress disorder, and deliberate self-harm. Significant numbers of detained asylum seekers are released and some would benefit from contact with child mental health professionals. It is suggested that in keeping with EU policy aims alternatives to detention should be sought.