Taking forward the recommendations of Operation Paladin—a multi-agency project led by the Metropolitan police aimed at protecting children.
An interviewing minors course has been available to staff in the Immigration Service since November 2004, providing specialist training in the skills needed to recognise signs of abuse as well as an awareness of the potential issues.
In June 2004 the IND Children's Taskforce was set up to address new duties and responsibilities imposed on agencies by the Children Act 2004.
The vulnerability of children who arrive unaccompanied in the United Kingdom is recognised and every effort is made to establish the bona-fides of the person they are meeting and the purpose of their visit. Social Services are alerted in all cases where an immigration officer has concerns for the welfare of the child.