(FULL) DT 1774 Good Practice in Working with Unaccompanied Children (UPRIGHTS)

This course aims to provide good practice lessons on working with unaccompanied refugee children. The session will provide an insight into the legal and policy framework relating to the rights and entitlements of refugee children. Attendees will gain information about the guidelines, standards and good practice for working with children; how to identify child specific persecution and protection needs; and means of collecting and evaluating their evidence.   

This course forms part of ILPA's project on ‘Upholding Legal Rights for Unaccompanied Children: Fostering Quality Legal Assistance in the Asylum Procedure’ - in collaboration with ECRE. The aim of this project is to ensure access to quality legal assistance for unaccompanied children by improving the knowledge of legal standards that protect and promote children’s rights in Europe, including the right to asylum.

This is a free course. To book a place, please complete and submit the following application form.

The project is co- funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme of the European Union.

Event details

Date(s):18 July 2018
Start Time:10.00
End Time:13.00
Audience:The course is targeted at immigration practitioners with limited experience working with refugee children
Main area:Asylum
Main area other:The purpose of this training is to create in a practitioner an attitude toward children’s cases and a way of approaching them that will allow them to develop their skills within a secure framework and give them a firm foundation on which to build.
Aim of course:

The core aims of the course is to:

  1. Give an overview of good practice of working with refugee children
  2. Give people an insight into the legal and policy framework to a) highlight rights and entitlements b) show how to use international instruments in a tactical way to best represent clients
  3. Develop the skills and confidence to engage with children
  4. Be able to interview effectively, evaluate information effectively &  take thoughtful instructions
  5. To highlight common practical problems arising when representing refugee children and ways to overcome them
  6. Encourage participants to undertake further training in the future
  7. Improve all 4 areas of practice, highlighting their interrelation: practice, knowledge, ability to communicate, willingness to keep the child informed of the progress of their application and the presentation of the case.
By the end of the course, participants will:
  • Have an understanding of child specific legal and policy framework
  • Deepen their knowledge of child specific refugee issues
  • Be able to identify child specific protection issues
  • Develop the skills and confidence to work with and engage with children
  • Be able to interview effectively, evaluate information & take thoughtful instructions
  • Understanding the importance of and how to prepare children for their UKBA interviews
  • Be able to prepare an application for a refugee child with greater confidence
  • Be able to identify the main principles and practical issues relating to the preparation of refugee children’s cases
  • Be able to think tactically about ways to approach children’s cases


Topics:The modules to be covered are as follows:
1.    Introduction to the legal & policy framework
2.    Roles and responsibilities
3.    A practical approach to dealing with children’s claims
4.    Procedural and Evidentiary Issues
Tutor details:Kalvir Kaur, Freedom From Torture Emma Fitzsimons, Garden Court Chambers
Tutor biographies:


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