IND Training

Home Department written question – answered on 17th March 2005.

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Photo of Mrs Barbara Roche Mrs Barbara Roche Labour, Hornsey and Wood Green

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training is provided to senior caseworkers in the Immigration and Nationality Directorate to help them provide support and advice to junior officials.

Photo of Des Browne Des Browne Minister of State (Citizenship, Immigration and Counter-Terrorism), Home Office, Minister of State (Home Office) (Citizenship, Immigration and Nationality)

Senior caseworkers will normally have had significant experience as asylum caseworkers and will have received the same training as caseworkers earlier in their careers.

In addition, all senior caseworkers have direct access to policy experts in the Asylum Policy Unit, country information specialists in the Country Information Policy Unit and, in appropriate cases, to legal advice from the Home Office Legal Advisers Branch.

Senior Caseworkers also have the opportunity to meet regularly with a wide range of external stakeholders to further augment their understanding of asylum policy and process.

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