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Asylum: Children

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL845, tabled on 7 July 2014

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many child asylum applicants have been refused financial and other support by social services departments because their credibility has been challenged, in the last year for which figures are available.

Answered on

14 July 2014

Local authorities have a duty to provide support to unaccompanied asylum seeking children, as they would to any other looked after child. Where the age of a person is uncertain and there are reasons to believe that the person is a child, that person is presumed to be a child in order to receive immediate access to assistance, support and protection. Local authorities may only conduct an age assessment where there is significant reason to doubt that the claimant is a child. This assessment must adhere to standards established within case law.

The Government does not hold any data on numbers of child asylum applicants refused support by local authorities.