The Home Office has a legal responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in the UK in any decision or action that it takes. That responsibility extends to children who are part of a family asylum claim or are in the UK claiming asylum on their own.
It issues guidance to its caseworkers on how to assess children’s claims, assess their age and Family Asylum Claims. However, children are not always given the attention that they require for their needs to be properly taken into account and their experiences understood, not least from the perspective of their age and cultural background.
These sessions will focus on children and how they can be made more of a central part of asylum claims, both initial and subsequent, and on their potentially separate human rights claims. They are suitable for people who are not legal advisers but who are working or volunteering to support families and/or unaccompanied children.
The sessions will take place on Zoom.
Session 1 – Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children – Tuesday 5 March 2:00 – 3.30 p.m
This session focuses on the particular situation of children separated from parents and/or carers who are progressing through the asylum system on their own.
It looks at the professionals involved with them, the particular process through which their claims are assessed and the difficulties created by disputes about their age, including the introduction of scientific methods of age assessment.
Session 2 – Children in families – Tuesday 12 March 10:00 – 11.30 a.m
This session focuses on children who are part of a family and how to ensure that their experiences (in their home country, en route to the UK or in the UK) and any particular risks to them are taken into account, either in their own words and/or through the testimony of those who know or work with them.
Fees and booking:
For one session only (for up to two people): £25
For both sessions (for up to two people): £45
Booking is by email to firstname.lastname@example.org An invoice will be sent on booking.