YOUTH VOICE JOURNAL

Youth Voice Journal (YVJ) is an international, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that publishes theoretical contributions and empirical studies on international issues affecting young people. YVJ is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and ranked by Scopus. (c) IARS Publications ISSN 2056-2969

Josh Christie (2014), Children as a Problem: The Impact of Ideology upon Separated and Displaced Children Seeking Asylum in the UK

Previous research has demonstrated a need for practice with unaccompanied asylum seeking children to improve, but while the impact of immigration control is often alluded to, it has rarely been explored in depth. This article reviews a range of literature to explore the ideologies of immigration control and child welfare, and their impact upon legislation, practice, and the experiences of unaccompanied asylum seeking children. The findings demonstrate that unaccompanied asylum seeking children inhabit a contested space between these ideologies, which hold power not only though legislation, but also through media and political discourse. This article therefore argues that ideologies of immigration control impact upon the lives of unaccompanied asylum seeking children with consequences for their health and wellbeing. It also argues that critiques of practice should consider the ideological spaces in which practice occurs. This has implications for research that may aim to recommend improvements for practice in the future.

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About Youth Voice Journal

Youth Voice Journal is an international, multidisciplinary, refereed journal that publishes theoretical contributions and empirical studies on international issues affecting young people. In particular, the Journal aims to: - provide a medium, especially for young researchers and young academics, to inform debates around social policy through high quality research; - provide a platform for the intellectual exchange of ideas around the globe with the aim of influencing policies and practices; - actively encourage and aide those young people whose voice is rarely heard by policy makers to contribute to the journal. Youth Voice Journal is published by IARS Publications and edited by Dr. Theo Gavrielides.

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Youth Voice Journal is published by IARS Publications, an independent small publisher specialising in social and political sciences 14 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, London SE16 7PL, UK. (c) IARS Publications.

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