Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders

Mulongo, Peggy orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-1649-2607, McAndrew, Sue and Ayodeji, Eunice (2021) Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders. British Journal of Midwifery, 29 (1). pp. 48-49. ISSN 0969-4900

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.12968/bjom.2021.29.1.48


Globally, the exodus of individuals who have been forced to flee their home and seek refuge in countries of safety has led to a refugee crisis. The United Kingdom (UK) has engaged with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in playing a significant role in the long-term resettlement of refugees, half of whom are children and young people. One initiative of such humanitarian resettlement is the Gateway Protection Programme (GPP). To-date, there is a dearth of studies investigating aspects of acculturation that affect the mental health of young refugees resettled under the UNHCR humanitarian programme. This study aimed to explore aspects of acculturation that could enhance the mental health of GPP young refugees several years after resettlement. Using narrative research, a purposive sample of 31 GPP young refugees, who had a minimum of three years stay in the UK, were recruited from local Refugee Community Organisations. Data was collected through a multi-method design combining Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) with Visual Arts-Based Narrative Research (VABNR) and analysed thematically. Three overarching themes emerged: People and places; Its nearly all new to me; Finding self. This study contributes important knowledge regarding the mental wellbeing of young people who have engaged in a
resettlement programme and offers valuable information for policy makers and mental health professionals working with GPP young refugees.

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