|Where funding is limited, even a box of crayons |
can do wonders to help put a child at ease!
Refugee and asylee children, and other young people on the run, have often endured harrowing experiences before, during, and after fleeing from home. As a result, they may have difficulty trusting others, especially adults or others in positions of authority, and they may not understand the purpose behind questions posed by service providers. As service providers, it is important that we keep this important truth in mind as we interact with youth. Using simple age-appropriate language that children will understand and creating an environment where youth feel free and safe to express themselves are just some of the ways that service providing staff can help children feel comfortable answering questions.