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Children and Young People in Asylum and Refugee Processes

Children and Young People in Asylum and Refugee Processes

Towards Best Practice

By Mary Crock, Kate Bones, Daniel Ghezelbash, Jemma Hollonds and Mary Anne Kenny


Representing children in refugee protection proceedings is complex work involving legal, psycho-social, welfare and cross-cultural issues. Children and young people are amongst the most vulnerable people affected by migration controls, especially when they are seeking asylum alone, without the support of a responsible adult. Their interaction with government systems in this area is known to cause them high levels of stress and anxiety.

This important book is designed to assist migration agents, lawyers, social workers and other relevant professionals to effectively represent the rights and interests of migrant children and young people seeking protection in Australia. It covers both the law and policy and cultural competence and practices. It provides practical tools and suggestions about issues that commonly arise when assisting young non-citizens who apply for protection or other status in Australia.

“An outstanding contribution to an area of law which has profound social implications for the children seeking protection under the laws of this country … As the book’s title evocatively states, the book’s concern is with ‘best practice’ by practitioners. This makes it a leading resource for child representatives in Australia and also one which will have international appeal.” – From the Foreword by the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales

View the launch and Q&A with the authors of the book here:


  1. First Things First in Dealing with Migrant Children
  2. Legal Frameworks Relevant to Migrant Children
  3. Effective Communication Part I: Barriers to communication, building trust and a young person’s capacity to instruct
  4. Effective Communication Part II: Interviewing children and young people
  5. Gender, Disability and Accommodating Difference
  6. Refugee Law for Children and Young People
  7. Applying for Protection Part I
  8. Applying for Protection Part II: Appeals, review and Ministerial intervention
  9. Complex Case Issues
  10. After the Decision

Appendix A: Template for a Needs and Welfare Questionnaire

Appendix B: Suggested contacts for referrals and further information


Published 18 May 2020
Publisher The Federation Press
ISBN 9781760022419
Australian RRP $39.95
International Price $36.50
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