Asylum - Question to Home Office

Jared asked the following question 'To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that immigration caseworkers fully comply with guidance on handling medical evidence for asylum seeker applications.'

The question was aksed on 7/11/17.

Brandon Lewis responded with 'All officials making decisions on asylum claims receive a dedicated five-week foundation training programme which incorporates all relevant aspects of international and domestic law.
Within this programme there are specific sections on torture and medical reports, and how they should be considered and analysed in asylum claims. Medical reports will be considered together with other written and oral evidence in determining an asylum claim to ensure alleged victims of torture have their claims assessed fairly and sensitively.
Furthermore there is a robust quality assurance process in place involving technical specialists which ensures that all policies are complied with when decisions are made.'

The reply was received on 15/11/17.

Jared O'Mara