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BASW Position Statement: Age Assessment/Age Determination

This position statement is about a process whereby individuals whose date of birth is unknown, for reasons usually linked to a precarious immigration status, are assigned a date of birth with consequences for their legal rights and their access to social services. It is also about the role of social workers within that process. The assignment of an age (sometimes called 'Age Assessment') has legal consequences which we have chosen to reflect in the term 'Age Determination', but the process is in fact only an approximation..