The multiple methods of determining the age of young migrants
used in Europe reflect the lack of a harmonised approach and of
an agreed method of age assessment.
This report reflects how good practices in holistic, child-centred
age assessment can enable child support agencies to meet the needs
of migrant children more rapidly and mitigate the negative outcomes
of waiting periods.
It also highlights how, by generating operational and strategic
partnerships, a holistic approach to age assessment can foster better
professional co-operation and facilitate the development of policies
and procedures which reflect and include the universal principles
of children’s rights.
The Council of Europe member States are invited to support
the development of a child-sensitive model of age assessment for
young migrants in Europe to replace inaccurate and potentially traumatising
medical tests and which will be compatible with the Council of Europe’s
human rights standards.