Children seeking asylum in the UK alone are confronted with a “culture of disbelief and suspicion”…
As are adults seeking asylum.
And isn’t that the correct thing to do? Should we not check their stories?
… which leaves them frightened and confused, a report has claimed.
But they are fleeing persecution and in fear of their very lives, so surely they are ahead of the game by just being ‘frightened and confused’, no?
And who produced this report?
The needs of children fleeing war, violence and human rights abuses are not being sufficiently met by the authorities, according the Children’s Society report.
Ah. Say no more.
So, given that we aren’t going to give in and wave through every winsome moppet with a sob-story, where do we go from here?
The children’s charity said the absence of child-friendly information, a wide-spread culture of disbelief and disputes over young people’s age are causing confusion and a sense of insecurity.
This means children who are already traumatised are made more anxious, which could lead to long-term consequences for their well-being, the charity claimed.
The charity is calling for specialist training for interpreters who work with these children, establishing an independent complaint and feedback system to inform all stages of the immigration process that children can easily understand, and addressing the culture of disbelief that prevents children from being treated fairly.
No, I think I’d rather the UKBA hung on to their ‘culture of disbelief’, thanks all the same.