Children and Immigration

30 APR 2007

The Home Office is seeking views on reforming the management of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in the UK and has published a consultation paper Planning Better Outcomes and Support for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (01/03/07 - 21/05/07 [S]). Key issues covered in the paper include the use of dental examination and X-rays to assess age; new case management procedures to improve and speed-up decision-making; policy for transferring cases; the development of enhanced voluntary return packages for pre and post 18s; and support arrangements for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children when they turn 18. Responses should be submitted by 31 May 2007. To view the paper see

The House of Commons Joint Committee on Human Rights published on 30 March 2007 its tenth report, The Treatment of Asylum Seekers which is available on For more information on children, immigration and the interface with family law see June [2007] Fam Law.

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