Monday 06 July 2020

Age Assessment of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children

Age Assessment of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children

East Midlands Councils is holding a one day training event on Age Assessments for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC).

This practical event will cover the legislative background to asylum claims; look at the relevant guidelines applicable; look at the Merton and other relevant decisions, and the issues involved in preparation for the assessment and then the assessment itself.

The aim of the event is to familiarise attendees with the relevant guidance and legislation relevant to age assessment, including grounds for asylum; to enable them to be confident in withstanding challenges to an assessment. 

Content of the day

 The session will cover:

  • The principles of making an age assessment Merton Compliant
  • Using research to develop understanding of young people's experiences of being subject to an age assessment to better inform practice
  • How to set up an age assessment: practical tips and advice
  • How to use timelines, genograms and other social work tools during the assessment
  • How to address contradictory information
  • How to write up the age assessment
  • Roles and responsibilities towards the Home Office with regards to age assessments

Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.

Who should attend?

The training is aimed at local authority Children’s Services Social Workers, and other professionals involved in the age assessment process. 

The Trainer:

Jo Schofield - JMS Training Solutions. Jo is a qualified and registered social worker with 12 years experiences of working with frontline social care teams. She has developed her specialism working with unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) and held the position as regional lead for the East of England, providing strategic support and professional advice at both local and central government level.

Jo is passionate about improving social work practice and developing practitioner’s confidence in undertaking specialist assessments. She is proud to call herself a social worker and strives to improve standards of practice throughout her work.

Event Date:

Thursday 27th February 2020, 10.00 am – 16.00 pm


Pera Business Park Nottingham Road Melton Mowbray Leicestershire LE13 0PB


£79 + VAT for EMC Members

£99 + VAT for Non-members


To book a place please use the on-line booking below.

Closing Date:

The closing date for bookings is Monday 24th February.  Please read our Terms and Conditions regarding cancellations etc.


For further information, please contact Hannah Smith



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