DT 1775 Working with Unaccompanied Children: Age Disputes (UPRIGHTS)

This course aims to provide good practice lessons on working with unaccompanied children. It is intended to provide an overview of the law relating to age disputes and to provide an account of recent developments in this area. 

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):20 July 2018
Start Time:10.00
End Time:13.00
Audience:The course is targeted at immigration practitioners with limited experience working with unaccompanied children
Main area:Asylum
Main area other:Age Assessments;
Children's Rights.
Aim of course:

This half-day training will provide delegates with a comprehensive overview of the best practice and legal framework in conducting age assessments and working with age disputed young people.  Aimed at immigration practitioners, it will set out how age disputes impact on the other relevant procedural and legal processes in which these young people are involved.  It will take delegates through the legal framework and current guidance applicable to age assessments, and explore how to use them in practice.  Finally, it will provide an understanding of how an age assessment might be challenged and why.


Topics:By the end of this workshop, delegates will be able to:
  • Recognise the particular vulnerabilities age disputed children and young people may present with;
  • Understand the legal framework for conducting age assessments set down through case-law and guidance;

Identify what best practice looks like when conducting age assessments and working with age disputed young people.
Tutor details:Andrew Sirel, JustRight Scotland
Tutor biographies:

Andy Sirel is an Associate at JustRight Scotland and heads their project JustRight for Refugee Children.  He has an LLM in International Human Rights Law and has been working in human rights law for over 9 years.  Andy’s specialism is in working directly with unaccompanied asylum seeking children and child victims of trafficking, as well as previously accompanied migrant children in care.  He is an expert in age assessment and has brought strategic litigation in this area, as well as sitting on the partnership group which wrote the March 2018 Scottish Government Age Assessment Practice Guidance.  He currently sits on Scottish Government working groups on child trafficking and age assessment.  He is also interested in access to education and ensuring that migrant children can access their rights and entitlements in local authority care.   

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