Refugees: Children:Written question - 240605

(Hornsey and Wood Green)
Asked on: 03 April 2019
Home Office
Refugees: Children
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to reduce the amount of time that child refugees have to wait for an initial decision on their application.
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 08 April 2019

The Home Office takes seriously its safeguarding responsibilities under s55 of the Borders, Immigration and Citizen Act 2009, which requires us to act in a child’s best interest. We acknowledge that there is no specified time limit in which Unaccompanied Children cases need to be decided and maintain that the responsibility to act in a child’s best interests means more than simply speed.

To promote a greater understanding and transparency of the asylum system, we are prioritising deciding unaccompanied asylum-seeking child cases, whose claims are more complex, while we develop a new set of service standards for the overall asylum claim system. We are working closely with NGOs regarding the new service standards.

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