Advice and guidance on the health needs of migrant patients for healthcare practitioners.
Please refer to assessing patients with symptoms for unwell children who have recently arrived from abroad.
Consider any child’s general growth and development, and encourage those eligible for the ‘Healthy Start’ scheme to apply.
Ensure all children are up to date with the UK immunisation schedule, and opportunistically ask about any travel plans to visit the family country of origin. See NaTHNaC for travel health advice.
Children may be particularly unsettled by migration and may experience emotional, behavioural or physical symptoms as a result, and this will particularly apply to vulnerable migrants and those arriving in the UK unaccompanied.
Please see the country pages of the guide for issues relevant to specific countries.
Be aware that other religions and cultures may have different beliefs or practices around babies and children, for example, particular rites for babies. Ask about the parent or guardian’s beliefs or understanding of child health issues.
Be aware of cultural practices that may expose children to non-infectious environmental hazards.
NHS Choices have information on detecting and treating headlice
The prevention and treatment of head lice (Department of Health information leaflet) is available in languages other than English on request
Healthy Start: information about the scheme and the role of health professionals.
Spotting the Sick Child: a new interactive tool commissioned by the Department of Health to support health professionals in the assessment of the acutely sick child.
The Children’s Legal Centre Migrant Children’s Project helps refugee, asylum seeking and migrant children to obtain the services and assistance to which they are legally entitled
The Kent Children’s Commissioning Support Team has developed a website to share learning, tools, templates and guidance on caring for unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) - it includes clinical guidance for primary care and paediatric healthcare workers on the health needs and health assessment process for UASC