How do we care for unaccompanied minors until their immigration status is resolved?

Where an unaccompanied minor is held in detention, including in an Alternative Place of Detention, we ensure that appropriate support services are available. These are provided by departmental case managers, mental health support teams, medical staff, interpreting services and education staff.

Australian Government policy is that unaccompanied minors are accommodated in the community wherever possible. We move unaccompanied minors and vulnerable families from detention facilities into community-based accommodation until their immigration status is resolved.

In line with community standards, unaccompanied minors in community detention attend schools, have access to health care and are supported to take part in after school activities such as soccer clubs, art or music classes and other recreational or creative activities.

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