Separated Children in Europe Programme: Position Paper on Age Assessment in the Context of Separated Children in Europe

Friday, October 4, 2013

The Separated Children in Europe Programme (SCEP) published recently its Position Paper on Age Assessment in the Context of Separated Children in Europe.The Paper represents the position of the SCEP on age assessment in the context of separated children in Europe. In particular, it aims to provide concrete recommendations to States and other relevant stakeholders on how to ensure full respect of the rights that separated children are entitled to, when doubts concerning their age may arise. SCEP’s positions presented in this Paper are based on the current situation concerning laws, policies and practices related to age assessment in Europe, primarily as it resulted from a review undertaken by SCEP in 16 European countries. The paper builds upon the principles and standards outlined in the SCEP’s Statement of Good Practice which are primarily based upon and informed by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (‘CRC’, 1989), the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child’s General Comment Number 6 on the Treatment of Unaccompanied and Separated Children Outside Their Country of Origin (2005) and the UNHCR’s Guidelines on Policies and Procedures in dealing with Unaccompanied Children Seeking Asylum (1997).

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