An accompanied minor is defined as a foreign national or stateless person under the age of 18, who arrives in the territory of a state without a responsible adult, and for as long as s/he is not taken into care of such a person.
There are child specific provisions in our domestic legislation. They are Section 55 of the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 and a number of Immigration Rules and sections 17 and 20 of the Children Act 1989.
Section 55 of the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 requires the Secretary of State to make arrangements for ensuring that immigration, asylum and nationality functions are discharged having regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children who are in the UK.
The main ways in which the Home Office gives effect to this are:
Staff must be alert to potential indicators of abuse or neglect, be alert to risks which abusers may pose to children, and be ready and able to share relevant information with other public bodies with a responsibility towards children in order to safeguard a child
Staff who have face to face contact with children must be able to conduct business in a child sensitive manner, and staff with roles involving regular contact with children, such as interviewing children, must receive appropriate training for their role
The Immigration rules that are particularly relevant to asylum seeking children include:
Paragraph 350, in respect of unaccompanied children, particular priority and care be given to the handling of their cases
Paragraph 351, which sets out what is required from decision makers when considering whether a child qualifies for asylum
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We can assist you, if you are an unaccompanied minor, or you have the care of an unaccompanied minor, in respect of initial advice on making an asylum claim, liaising with the Home Office, and relevant social services, attending Home Office interviews, and preparation and presenting appeals before the First-tier Tribunal.
Haris Ali Solicitors can help