Psychosocial team

The JRS psychosocial team was set up in 2003 to provide support to vulnerable asylum seekers in detention. The main aim of this service is to make sure vulnerable asylum seekers are well looked after. In addition, the psychosocial team aids in the initial integration process by helping people draw up their CVs, apply for work permits, schooling, childcare and social benefits, as well as providing limited material assistance.

In 2013 and 2014, JRS Malta implemented the project PATHS - Promoting Asylum seekers’ Access to Health and Social services. The aim of the project was to identify as many vulnerable persons as possible and provide them with the protection, assistance and/or service they require, in a timely manner, in detention and throughout their stay in Malta.

This project built on the lessons learnt from a previous project implemented between June 2011 and December 2012. One of the main aims of the project, which was partly funded by the European Union, was to build the capacity of mainstream service providers to cater for the needs of an increasingly ethnically, racially and linguistically diverse population.

JRS Malta achieved this goal through advocacy efforts aimed at pushing the authorities concerned to put in place a policy on integration, improve the vulnerability assessment procedure and strengthen the capacity of reception centres and mainstream agencies to provide a service.

In addition, JRS Malta continues to provide psychosocial services including those of a social worker, nurse and psychologist to vulnerable asylum seekers, with a view to ensuring that, as far as possible, all in need of services are able to obtain the care and support they require.

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