Navid's story - Refugee Council

Navid’s story

The authorities didn't believe Navid when he told them he was a child, and placed him in adult detention. We helped ensure they realised this was a mistake.

When Navid arrived in the UK, he was age assessed. The assessors believed he was over 18, so he was housed in adult asylum accommodation. While there, his health deteriorated. A GP examination found that in the past, he had been repeatedly raped. Yet he was being forced to stay with adult men. For Navid, this meant living in a nightmare.

We arranged for another assessment and his original age estimate was changed. His assessors realised his behaviour wasn’t because he was lying. It was because he was profoundly traumatised.

Navid is recovering. He now lives with other young people. He has a female social worker and immigration solicitor and receives help from a charity that supports people who have suffered torture and violence.


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