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.
First Things First in Dealing with Migrant Children
Legal Frameworks Relevant to Migrant Children
Effective Communication Part I: Barriers to communication, building trust and a young person’s capacity to instruct
Effective Communication Part II: Interviewing children and young people
Gender, Disability and Accommodating Difference
Refugee Law for Children and Young People
Applying for Protection Part I
Applying for Protection Part II: Appeals, review and Ministerial intervention
Complex Case Issues
After the Decision
Appendix A: Template for a Needs and Welfare Questionnaire
Appendix B: Suggested contacts for referrals and further information
“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