There are increasing numbers of trafficked and other separated children in Scotland, and Scottish Local Authorities are playing a major role in safeguarding and promoting the well-being of unaccompanied refugee children. The circumstances that young people are forced to leave their home country, cause many of them to arrive in the UK without any documentation. It may be that in their home country there isn’t any documentation evidencing their chronological age. The Age assessment process is used to establish the approximate age of an unaccompanied young person so that their Rights and Entitlements can be fulfilled.
This course aims to give social workers and other relevant staff an awareness of the components that are used to build a picture of a person’s age. It draws on a variety of existing Age Assessment practice guidelines and demonstrates how these apply in Scotland.
This course is specifically for social workers who will need to carry out Age Assessments and anyone who has a direct or indirect role in decision-making affecting unaccompanied refugee children.