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Community-based child protection with Palestinian refugees in South Lebanon: Engendering hope and safety

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Patrick O’Leary, Aisha Hutchinson, Jason Squire

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)717-731
Number of pages15
JournalINTERNATIONAL SOCIAL WORK
Volume58
Issue number5
Early online date29 Aug 2015
DOIs
E-pub ahead of print29 Aug 2015
PublishedSep 2015

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Abstract

Engendering hope with refugee children is an important role of those working in child protection. This article reports on one part of an evaluation of a community-based child protection project working with Palestinian refugees in southern Lebanon. Validated tools were used to measure levels of hope in 222 children and young people before and after social work intervention. Results were compared to a smaller group of similar children who received no intervention. Children who received social work intervention were shown to have significant improvement in hope. Results highlight the need for early intervention and in some cases intensive contact.

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