Friends in need

15th November 2002 at 00:00
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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