This chapter discusses the experiences of separated children who seek asylum in the UK, and their attempts to negotiate the complex array of individuals and institutions with whom they come into contact, which are increasingly well documented. It examines how children's experiences of conflict, of human rights abuses, and of loss are assessed and interpreted. It draws in particular on the experiences of children whose physical appearance and personal stories lead them to be ‘age disputed’ and treated as adults.
|Title of host publication||Children, Politics and Communication|
|Subtitle of host publication||Participation at the Margins|
|Number of pages||17|
|ISBN (Print)||978 1 84742 185 2|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
- Asylum Seekers
- children and young people
- Age assessment
- United Kingdom
- politics and public policy
Crawley, H. (2009). Between a rock and a hard place: negotiating age and identity in the UK asylum system. In N. Thomas (Ed.), Children, Politics and Communication: Participation at the Margins (pp. 89-106). Policy Press.