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Conducting age assessments can be a daunting prospect for many practitioners. The outcome of these assessments have significant consequences for those involved and it is important to ensure that young people are protected and cared for appropriately throughout. A good quality and lawfully conducted assessment can help to protect against children being assessed as adults and vice versa.
Refugee Council is the leading UK charity supporting both young people and professionals on the issue of age assessments. Our CPD-accredited one-day course, Age Assessing Separated Children and Young People, is designed and delivered by experienced practitioners with extensive up-to-date working knowledge and practical experience of this subject matter.
This course has had consistently outstanding reviews from attendees:
‘Very good style – balance of talking/ listening/group work to make sure everyone was engaged.’
‘Very open. Created a safe atmosphere to discuss challenges.’
‘FANTASTIC. Very good knowledge of subject matter.’
Social workers and others wishing to gain a better understanding of this area of work.
Aims and objectives
The course aims to help participants to understand the legal framework within which age assessments are conducted. Delegates will look at both legal requirements and best practice guidance and discuss a range of factors, including cultural differences, which can affect the age assessment process. By completing this one-day course participants will have a practical understanding of:
- The legislative and policy framework of children’s services and the Home Office
- The current position of the courts in England and Wales
- What constitutes a lawful assessment
- Factors which can affect the age assessment process
- Best practice: how to conduct assessments fairly and sensitively