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Children and Young People in Asylum and Refugee Processes

Towards Best Practice


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AUD $39.95 gst included

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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.

“I have found Children and Young People in Asylum and Refugee Processes: Towards Best Practice to be an outstanding contribution to an area of law which has profound social implications for the children seeking protection under the laws of this country. The terminology used is precise, focused and unadorned. The principles, practices and processes subject of the various chapters are comprehensively covered, are uncontroversial, fully referenced and well based in national and international practice. 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

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

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