A guide for policy makers
Age assessment is a complex process with possible far-reaching consequences for children in migration undergoing age assessment.
This publication has been designed to help officials in public authorities and human rights institutions representatives understand how to ensure that age assessment procedures are conducted in line with obligations under international and European human rights law and are respectful of the rights of the child.
It also aims to guide public officials to consider triggering changes when devising policies and legislation with respect to age assessment procedures.
Introduction 1 Children’s rights and migration: the importance of being treated as a child
Heightened risks and vulnerabilities
Presumption of minority
2 Age assessment procedures and children’s rights
Prevailing challenges for public authorities
3 Children’s right to participate
Right to information
Right to support, advice and legal representation
4 Conveying child-friendly information on age assessment to children in migration 5 Guidance and further information
Council of Europe