When is Family Life Family Life? A Look at Deportation Cases

September 27, 2011 by 1 Crown Office Row

In A.A. v. the United Kingdom, a recent case involving the deportation of a young Nigerian man, the Court faced, once again, the question whether relationships between adult children and parents/siblings amount to family life in deportation cases. The Court’s Fourth Section did not give a clear answer to this question. The 24-year-old applicant resided with his mother and did not have children of his own [also see Rosalind English’s post].

In this post, I take a quick look at the Fourth Section’s reasoning on this issue and try to situate it in the wider context of the Court’s deportation case law. One word of caution:  this is an attempt to briefly look at one specific question the Court asks to decide whether the deportation has interfered with an applicant’s right to respect for her family life. Do the ties invoked by the applicant constitute family life within the meaning of Article 8 § 1? To be more specific, do relationships between adult children and parents/siblings amount to family life in deportation cases?


New Training Centre for Children Who Have Been Trafficked

Iranian Refugees Action Network welcomes the new ECPAT UK National Training Centre in central London offers a comprehensive training programme that supports and develops good practice in safeguarding children.

ECPAT's new National Centre

Training is based on up-to-date research and evidence, such as case law, the experiences of children, government guidance and legislation.
Courses include:
•Safeguarding Children: an Introduction to Child Trafficking
•Safeguarding Children: an Advanced course on Child Trafficking
•The Trafficked Children Toolkit developed by the London Safeguarding Children Board
There are also thematic seminars on issues such as:
•Good practice in risk assessments
•Good practice in age assessments
•Social networking
•Private fostering
•Children’s rights
Bespoke sessions – includes topics such as:
•Creative therapy for children
•The health needs of children who may have been trafficked
•The impact of trauma and abuse
•Caring for a child who may have been trafficked
•Identifying and meeting the needs of children who may have been trafficked
•Protecting children in the UK and overseas
For further details, or to make a booking, please email training@ecpat.org.uk or telephone 0207 233 9887. Click on a course for a booking form.

Training is coordinated by ECPAT UK’s training manager, Karen Sizeland – a qualified social worker, trainer and children’s advocate. She has wide experience of working child protection, including: in a local authority Children and Families Team; as a child protection officer at the NSPCC; as a freelance advocate for two national children’s charities; and as a training manager for an independent fostering agency.

Alongside Karen, ECPAT UK’s project officer, Kalvir Kaur – a solicitor of nine years’ post-qualification experience – will also deliver training. Kalvir has extensive experience with separated children and victims of trafficking, and is an experienced trainer, having delivered training to legal representatives and NGOs. Her abilities were recognised when, in 2008, she received the Immigration Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year award. 

Kalvir is renowned for her ability to effectively interview child victims of trafficking and is an advisory member of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) Refugee Children’s Project, a trainer for the ILPA and co-author of ‘Working with refugee children: current issues in best practice’, which was published in May 2011.