Age Disputed Children and Children in Detention

The Age Dispute Project works with children who are assessed to be over 18 years of age. The consequence of this is that they cannot access the correct support from social services and are treated as adults by the asylum system, meaning they are often placed in detention centres or housed with adults in unsuitable accommodation.

How to refer a young person to the Age Dispute Project 

If you want to refer a young person to the Age Dispute Project please contact the team at or on 020 7346 1134.

The team are based in London, Leeds, Birmingham, Liverpool and Derby but work beyond these areas. 

Age Disputes

The Age Dispute Project is a specialised post working with young people who have been age disputed by either the Home Office or by local authorities.

Children in Detention

Over half the referrals we received in 2012 were for age disputed children being held in detention centres around the UK.

Find out more about children in detention.

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