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Friends in need

THE importance of friendships in helping vulnerable young people to feel included was stressed by Alison Closs of Edinburgh University, whose research covers children with medical conditions and asylum-seekers' children.

Physical prowess is important for boys, Ms Closs found. A child from an asylum-seeking family who is good at football "virtually carries his own passport". Girls want a wide social circle so they look to friends to give them entry.

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