Nicky Morgan tells us all that there should be no age checks on refugee children:
The last thing these children need at this traumatic time – where they’ve just left a camp in which they all fear violence, sexual abuse and exploitation – is an intrusive, inaccurate and unnecessary medical examination to determine their age.
You don’t have to take that just from me. In times like these, where there is disagreement, I turn to the experts.
The British Dental Association has made clear this week that the proposed examinations are “not only an inaccurate method for assessing age but both inappropriate and unethical”.
It is reassuring to see the Home Office confirm that these sorts of checks will not be carried out, but they could be doing more to challenge false information and to calm any doubts about just how thorough existing checks are.
But, err, what is the reason this is all unnecessary? You’ve not actually said why. You’ve asserted that they are, but not explained.