Assessing age for asylum applicants

Asylum policy guidance on assessing the age of an applicant when they claim to be a child.


Assessing age


Asylum policy guidance used by UK Visas and Immigration to make decisions when an asylum applicant claims to be a child with little or no evidence.

This guidance is under review. The age assessment joint working guidance (2015) has replaced the joint working protocol (2005) contained in this asylum instruction. This provides guidance on joint working and information sharing between the Home Office and local authorities.

Published 17 June 2011
Last updated 8 October 2018 + show all updates
  1. PDF document "Assessing age" was replaced with an updated version.
  2. Updated guidance.
  3. Link to the age assessment joint working guidance (2015) added.
  4. First published.