A guide for health professionals working with
immigrant and refugee children and youth

Helping Canadian communities help Syrian refugees

The federal government has committed to bringing 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada over the coming weeks and months. Many of these will be children and youth, who will have a range of physical, emotional and mental health needs.

Caring for Kids New to Canada is a comprehensive resource for people who work with immigrant and refugee children, youth and families. Developed by the Canadian Paediatric Society with input from a range of experts and organizations, the site has evidence-based information on medical conditions, mental health, child development, and much more. It also has a range of tools, checklists and links to local resources.

A woman holds a small child, while others who have
fled their homes amid the ongoing refugee and
migrant crisis stand behind her, on a rainy day near
the town of Gevgelija, on the border with Greece.
Credit: © UNICEF/NYHQ2015-2171/Georgiev

Among the many health issues covered on the site are:

The site also features resources to help families navigate the health system, and to make connections with local agencies:

Users can also access archived webinars and other presentations on various health topics.

Note to journalists: To speak with a physician who provides health care to immigrants and refugees, contact media@cps.ca, or call 613-526-9397, ext 247.

Selected resources

Canada Communicable Disease Report (CCDR): Volume 42-S2, March 17, 2016: Syrian refugees. Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)

Caring for a newly-arrived Syrian refugee family, Pottie et al, January 2016, CMAJ

Population Profile: Syrian Refugees, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, November 2015

Syrian Refugee Early Assessment Considerations for Primary Care Providers, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, January 2016

Last updated: March, 2016

Also available at: http://www.kidsnewtocanada.ca/beyond/helping-syrian-refugees
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Caring for Kids New to Canada is a resource for health professionals. The information here is not a substitute for medical advice, nor does it indicate an exclusive course of treatment or procedure to be followed. Variations, taking into account individual circumstances, may be appropriate.

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