Measures to end child detention don’t go far enough, says children’s rights charity

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 17 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7285
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The UK government will end the “shameful” practice of child detention at immigration centres, the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, has announced, fulfilling a pledge made by the coalition Conservative and Liberal Democrat government after it came to office in May.

Mr Clegg said that the family wing at Yarl’s Wood immigration centre in Bedfordshire would be closed to families with children with immediate effect.

“And I can confirm that, on the same basis, the detention of children for immigration purposes will also end at Tinsley House, …

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