Free AVID Training! Age disputed cases in detention: What can visitors do to help?

We are pleased to let our member groups know that we are partnering with the Refugee Council to offer a free training on 'Age disputed cases in immigration detention: what can visitors do to help?'

Refugee Council is a national legal charity, work directly with thousands of refugees each year.  They provide support from the moment of arrival in the UK, and provide crisis advice and practical support, helping with integration into new communities and offer mental health counselling to help come to terms with the trauma so many have experienced. 

The Age Dispute Project is the only one of its kind, ensuring that many children across the country each year are accepted as such and can begin to recover from their experiences with appropriate support and safeguards. They only take on cases where they believe the young person is aged under 18. They gather as much information as they can about the young person and meet with them to see whether they are able to take on their case. Visitors groups can make referrals to them if they are worried anyone who may be under 18 and in detention. More information about this project can be found on this page.


Young people face a range of barriers in accessing support, and under 18s should never be held in detention. Unfortunately, volunteer visitors may come across young people in detention. In these cases, swift and sensitive response is needed. This free training will help you know what to do in these situations. 

Event: Age disputed cases in detention: what can visitors do to help?

Date: Wednesday 6th November 2019

Time: 18:00 pm - 20:30 pm 

Venue: AVID, Wework, Keltan House, 115 Mare Street, London E8 4RU. (MAP)

Trainer: Helen Johnson OBE, Head of the Refugee Council's Children's Services. 

Registration:  If you are a volunteer visitor with an AVID visitors group and would like to attend, please book your place here. 


If you need further information, please contact - Gee Manoharan, Training and Membership Coordinator:



Photo credit: Photo by Dev Asangbam on Unsplash

Event Date: 
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 18:00 to 20:30