Age disputes generally arise in the context of asylum seekers, most of whom come to the UK from countries where birth is not properly documented.
Establishing someone’s age is important because it affects the services that are available to them from a Local Authority under the Children Act 1989. The most important of these are accommodation, financial support and education. Age also affects how other public bodies like the Home Office treat a person and whether they can be detained or removed from the UK.
Clients instruct us to help them obtain and challenge age assessments and re-assessments based on fresh evidence. We also deal with putting the right, age-appropriate, services in place for our clients. This might be a foster placement rather than semi-independent accommodation, or school enrolment rather than college.
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