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Children should be treated as children while their age is properly assessed

Children should be treated as children while their age is properly assessed

In this case an asylum seeker asserted he was a child. The local authority treated him as an adult while his age was assessed, contrary to the Age Assessment Guidance by the Association of Directors of Children’s Services. No cogent reason was given for departing from the guidance and the failure to follow it was held to be unlawful.

For background see earlier blog post: Important new age assessment guidance published

Source: S, R (on the application of) v London Borough of Croydon & Anor [2017] EWHC 265 (Admin) (24 February 2017)

Colin Yeo
Immigration and asylum barrister, blogger, writer and consultant at Garden Court Chambers in London and founder and editor of the Free Movement immigration law website.

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