The chapter examines three facets of practice with unaccompanied children. It considers how practical help, emotional support, and companionship by practitioners can be used to construct new lives that are sustainable in new countries. It addresses some complexities of offering reliable assistance to asylum seeking children, where trust and mis-trust co-exist, and where ‘thin’ and neat stories displace the wayward lives that unaccompanied children sometimes lead in order to survive. Using examples from social work practice, the chapter shows how workers calibrate their ways of assisting, in order to bring ordinary life back to children after their extraordinary trajectories towards safety.
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