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Freedom of Information Request

Age Assessments

Received: 30 May 2022

We write to make the following information request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:-

1. Please confirm the number of full assessments of age completed by your authority since 1st January 2022.
a. Of these, how many positive decisions have there been, namely to accept the individual to be a child.
b. On the other hand, how many negative decisions have there been, namely to find the individual to be an adult.
i. Of those negative decisions, how many were overturned following legal challenge/in any subsequent reassessment process.

2. Please confirm the number of initial/brief enquiry/visual screening/short form/shortened/abbreviated assessments/decisions of age completed by your authority since 1st January 2022.
a. Of these, how many positive decisions have there been, namely to accept the individual to be a child.
b. On the other hand, how many negative decisions have there been, namely to find the individual to be an adult.
i. Of those negative decisions, how many were overturned following legal challenge/in any subsequent full age assessment process.
c. If applicable, how many of these forms of assessment/decisions determined that further assessment/enquiries were necessary such that it was not possible to conclude with a finding of minor or adult status at that stage.

3. Please set out the authority's process for determining whether a claimed minor approaching it/referred to it requires a full age assessment or whether to proceed with an initial/brief enquiry/visual screening/short form/shortened/abbreviated assessment/decision of age. What criteria apply for these two different assessment approaches?

Please provide copies of any relevant policy, internal protocol, guidance, instruction and/or practice issued to and used by social workers following the authority becoming aware of an unaccompanied asylum-seeking claimed minor being within its area, in terms of how that individual's age will be considered/assessed and as to when accommodation would need to be provided under s.20 Children Act 1989.

Please provide a blank copy of any standard/precedent full age assessment form and initial/brief enquiry/visual screening/short form/shortened/abbreviated age assessment form used by your authority.

Outcome / Documents

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