Age Assessments

Course Overview

This course is designed for social workers faced with the difficult and controversial task of conducting age assessments of children and young adults. The course is intended to provide clear, comprehensive “user-friendly” guidance to practitioners working in the area. The assessment process is broken down into several strategic but logical stages, each stage being accompanied by a helpful “checklist” of considerations and options.
The course utilises guidance given by the Association of Directors of Children’s Services with input from the Age Assessment Strategic Oversight Group. Within the course, consideration is also given to the Hillingdon and Croydon guidelines as well as an update as to recent legal decisions and policy developments.

Who is the Course aimed at?

Experienced, trained social workers responsible for assessing the age of
refugee children and young people where age is in doubt.

How long is the Course?

1 day

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, participants will have a good working knowledge of best practice in conducting an age assessment, together with key information as to relevant legal issues and policy matters. They will also have the benefit of a clear and logical ‘route map’ of the various stages of an age assessment as well as a practical ‘checklist’ of actions and factors to consider during the process.


“A very engaging and interactive presenter.  Information given presented clearly and good examples provided.” – Social Worker, Cheshire

“Really great delivery – great content, feel able to tackle an assessment now” Social Worker, Wirral BC

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