Online training 5 - Age Assessment Training

This course is aimed at social workers/team managers/local authority legal teams who are new to conducting age assessments or who would like to refresh their previous training.

28th September 2020 - 12th October 2020
Virtual Training
Entry Fees

The East of England Strategic Migration Partnership are pleased to offer an online training course on Age Assessments to local authority social workers in the East of England region.

This training will give delegates the information they need to ensure their assessments are legally compliant, as well as the practical tools and skills required to undertake the assessment in a child centered way.



This course is aimed at social workers/team managers/local authority legal teams who are new to conducting age assessments or who would like to refresh their previous training.


Course Structure:

The course is delivered in modules which are hosted on a secure online learning platform with a 1:1 coaching call at the end of the course.

Once registered to attend, the learner and the tutor will agree a timescale to complete the course (normally over a period of two weeks) and book in a mutually convenient time for the 1:1 coaching call for that date.

The learner will have access to a secure online learning platform where the course is broken down into modules, designed to be taken at the learners own pace. All modules contain a PowerPoint presentation with audio recording as well as additional resources that learners can download and use in their daily practice. Some modules require the learner to complete an activity which can then be uploaded onto the learning platform or discussed during the 1:1 coaching call.

Once the modules are completed, the learner will complete their training with the 1:1 coaching call where they can ask any questions, discuss their learning and ensure that they feel confident going forward.


Course Content:

The course is run in the following sections:

● What is an age assessment and why are they needed
● The impact on children and young people
● Case Law, Legislation and Policy (including the principles of a “Merton compliant” assessment)
● How to conduct a “brief enquiry” and make decisions at the initial point of contact
● Developing a 6 step process to complete a legally compliant assessment:

1. Decision making around age assessment
2. Planning the age assessment
3. Preparation before the assessment
4. Skills to undertake the assessment
5. Writing up the assessment
6. Feeding back outcomes


Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, learners will:

● Understand the differences between a “brief enquiry” and a “full Merton compliant” assessment and when to apply these in their work
● Make informed, legally compliant decisions around accommodating spontaneous arrivals at the initial point of contact
● Recognise the impact of these decisions on young people and adults and therefore take an empathetic approach to these pieces of work
● Develop their understanding of what makes an age assessment “Merton” compliant
● Increase their confidence in undertaking a full age assessment using a 6 step process
● Use new and existing social work tools to support the process of undertaking the age assessment in a child centred way
● Know where to find, and how to use, the most up to date guidance and reports to enhance the age assessment
● Understand the statutory roles and responsibilities of all agencies and professionals with an interest in the age assessment
● Write up the age assessment using an analytical approach to evidence conclusions


If you are booking on behalf of a colleague, please ensure that you book one ticket at a time and enter their correct contact details when booking.


This event is now fully booked.  To register an interest in attending future events or for further information and any queries, please contact Helen Hancock, UASC Regional Coordinator, Strategic Migration Partnership, email: telephone: 07908 399625


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