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Title: Safeguarding the Needs of Children and Young People Seeking Asylum in the UK: Addressing Past Failings and Meeting Future Challenges
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Author(s): Rachel Hek ; Nathan Hughes ; Roberto Ozman
  Journal: Child Abuse Review  Volume:21  Issue:5  Dated:September - October 2012  Pages:335 to 348
Date Published: 10/2012
Page Count: 14
  Annotation: This article reviews the United Kingdom's (UK's) policy for children seeking asylum.
Abstract: Numerous reviews of UK policy and practice have criticized the provision of support to children and young people seeking asylum. Recent research and policy analysis present a dual failure in the current response: that of the immigration system in recognizing and responding to specific needs; and that of statutory services in applying key legislation relating to rights, entitlements and subsequent provision. In combination, this illustrates a system that is at all times in tension between ideas of control and protection of these vulnerable young people, and ultimately therefore fails to safeguard. Recent changes to government policy, the legislative framework and practice guidance governing such provision suggest that such failings may have been recognized but much work remains to be done to implement these changes effectively. Furthermore, these changes are occurring in a period of significant instability in public service provision, resulting from the severe cuts to public funding outlined in the UK Government's 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review (HM Treasury, 2010). It is therefore timely to review current policy and practice related to children and young people seeking asylum in the UK so as to address past failings and fully realize the stated commitment to ensure a young person's ‘best interests’ are fully considered in any immigration decision. Abstract published by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons.
Main Term(s): Political asylum
Index Term(s): Detention ; Child welfare ; Immigrants/Aliens ; Children at risk ; Age determination
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
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