Commissioner calls for end to detention of children being deported from UK

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 28 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1758
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    The arrest and detention of children awaiting removal from the United Kingdom after their asylum applications have failed harm their health and wellbeing and should be ended, says the children’s commissioner for England.

    A damning report from a team led by Al Aynsley-Green paints a picture of children frightened by dawn raids, transported in urine soaked cages, kept in detention despite serious illnesses, and denied urgent medical treatment.

    The report, which follows a visit last May to the UK’s main immigration removal centre with family accommodation, Yarl’s Wood centre in Bedfordshire, urges the government to replace detention of up to 2000 children a year with community based alternatives that ensure that children’s needs are met and their …

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