Archive for the ‘Child Abuse and Neglect’ Category

The UK Border Agency’s long, punitive campaign against children

Today OurKingdom publishes Clare Sambrook’s damning indictment of the UK Border Agency’s systematic failure to protect some of the most vulnerable children in Britain – children whose parents have survived imprisonment, torture and rape in the countries they have fled only to find themselves under lock and key for failing to persuade the Home Office […]

Ending child detention – the most achievable human rights goal?

TOM SANDERSON, THIS ARTICLE ORIGINALLY APPEARED IN THE ICHRP BLOG ON 28 NOVEMBER 2011 Human rights issues are notoriously controversial. Debates rage around numerous issues, not least the validity and universality of human rights themselves. However, the detention of children for immigration purposes stands out as one human rights issue for which there is a […]

Roll calls, body searches and sex games

END CHILD DETENTION NOW exposes UKBA’s misleading claims to parliament on damning medical report. This piece was written by Clare Sambrook and first appeared at OpenDemocracy Back in October, a study by NHS paediatricians and psychologists, Lorek et al, found that babies and children were being harmed at Yarl’s Wood detention centre. The doctors recorded […]

Home Office Select Committee calls Yarl’s Wood ‘a prison’ for children

By Simon Parker In a report released today the Home Affairs Select Committee expressed a number of concerns about the detention of children in the UK immigration system but failed to acknowledge that the detention of children for any length of time is abusive and harmful to their well being. In the first part of […]

Detention of asylum seeking children is abuse

By Clare Sambrook, a co-ordinator of citizens’ campaign End Child Detention Now Community Care, November 4 2009. One key feature of government guidance issued this week on how UK Border Agency staff should care for the children they lock up, is ‘safer recruitment’. Officers raiding family homes and searching children in their beds will be […]