On 20 November 2020, on the occasion of the World’s Children’s Day, the Council of Europe and the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), launched an animation on age assessment of migrant children. The animation seeks to inform children about the procedures in a child-friendly way, and in a manner that respects their human rights and dignity. The age assessment should be conducted with their informed consent, and takes into account any particular vulnerabilities, their gender and cultural background. This tool is primarily aimed at children and should also be used by professionals working with children, especially guardians. The video is released in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese, and the Council of Europe will soon release the animation also in Arabic, Pashto, Dari, Tigrinya, Somali and Punjabi.
Since the start of the latest migration influx in Europe in 2015-2016, the Council of Europe has been engaged with the issue of human rights-based age assessment procedures of migrant children in Europe. In 2017, it published a comparative report “Age assessment: Council of Europe member States’ policies, procedures and practices respectful of children’s rights” analysing 37 European states. The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees (SRSG) focused on age assessment in the Council of Europe Action Plan on Protecting Refugee and Migrant Children in Europe (2017-2019) and intends to include it into the next Action plan currently developed.
- Council of Europe’s guide for policy-makers Age assessment for children in migration: a human rights-based approach
- Report on consultations with unaccompanied children on the topic of age assessment: We are children, hear us out! Children speak out about age assessment (2019)
- Publication of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees: Promoting child-friendly approaches in the area of migration - Standards, guidance and current practices (2019)
- EASO Practical Guide on Age Assessment: Second Edition
- EASO animation for practitioners Age assessment -Why? When? How?