Empowering refugee families in transit: the development of a culturally competent and compassionate training and support package

Papadopoulos, Irena ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6291-4332, Lazzarino, Runa ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4206-4913, Sakellaraki, Ourania, Dadãu, Victor, Apostolara, Paraskevi, Kuckert-Wöstheinrich, Andrea ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3815-0672, Mauceri, Manuela and Kouta, Christiana ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2079-638X (2022) Empowering refugee families in transit: the development of a culturally competent and compassionate training and support package. Journal of Research in Nursing, 27 (3) . pp. 200-214. ISSN 1744-9871 [Article] (doi:10.1177/17449871211018736)

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Abstract

Background: Refugee parents who fled conflicts suffered violence and traumas and face huge challenges in supporting the health and welfare of their children whilst in transit.

Aims: To describe the development of a culturally competent and compassionate Training and Support Package (TSP) for nurses, social and health care workers and volunteers, with a focus on parenting needs among unsettled refugees fleeing conflict.

Methods: The multi-method approach included: a scoping review covering parenting needs of refugees fleeing conflict zones; collection of stories from refugee parents, healthcare workers and volunteers via a mobile application; discussions between team members; a piloted and evaluated curriculum.

Results: High levels of family distress and deterioration of parental identity were identified. Informed by these results, the curriculum is articulated along twenty bite-sized learning units, covering four age stages of childhood as well as targeting adults’ wellbeing. Pilot training was evaluated positively confirming feasibility and usefulness of TSP.

Conclusions: Unsettled refugee parents fleeing conflicts face psychosocial and practical difficulties negatively affecting their parenting skills. Care workforce should be trained in order to provide culturally competent and compassionate support to help these families. Open access digital platforms are promising as autodidactic and self-help tools amongst hard-to-reach populations.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): culture, compassionate care, mental health, mixed methods, mobility, parenting/families, practice development, public and patient involvement, violence
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
Item ID: 33024
Notes on copyright: Papadopoulos I, Lazzarino R, Sakellaraki O, et al. Empowering refugee families in transit: the development of a culturally competent and compassionate training and support package. Journal of Research in Nursing. 2022;27(3):200-214. Copyright © The Author(s) 2021 DOI: 10.1177/17449871211018736.
Published version: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
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Depositing User: Runa Lazzarino
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2021 09:43
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2022 05:01
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/33024

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