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Health professionals call on UK government to stop immigration detention of children

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b5376 (Published 10 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5376
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    The detention of children and their families awaiting deportation after being denied asylum is harmful to their health and should be stopped without delay, say the UK’s leading child health and related organisations.

    The briefing paper from the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and the UK Faculty of Public Health found evidence of harm to the physical and mental health of children and teenagers in the United Kingdom who are subjected to administrative immigration detention.

    Rosalyn Proops, officer for child protection with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and one of the papers authors, warned: “We are very concerned about the health and wellbeing of children in administrative immigration detention. These children are among the …

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