In 2023, the Home Office introduced a new process for dealing with children’s asylum claims. The aim was to “streamline” the process, leading to children getting decisions on their claims more quickly. In the place of submitting a SEF form and having a substantive interview the new process consists of a shorter meeting, a “Preliminary Information Meeting” (PIM). Only children of certain nationalities and who arrived in the UK before a certain date are eligible for the streamlined process.
We have produced these resources for children and young people who are eligible for PIMs and the adults supporting them. You can download them as PDFs or as plain text Word documents below.
We also know that many children in the asylum process are being held back by the lack of available legal aid representation. Children we work with are frustrated that they are waiting for a lawyer before their asylum claim can progress. Scroll down for a resource explaining the situation and read more about what’s happening in the North West here.