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Boy locked up for months in adult immigration jail

Child detention goes on in the UK regardless of government claims to have ended it. By Tom Sanderson (reposted from OurKingdom) 12 June 2013   A boy was locked up for months at a UK immigration facility earlier this year, according to freshly released official data. The revelation dramatically exposes the falsity of government claims […]

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 […]

In Nick Clegg’s fantasy world, child detention in the UK has ended

ESMÉ MADILL & SIMON PARKER, THIS ARTICLE ORIGINALLY APPEARED IN OPENDEMOCRACY ON 27 SEPTEMBER 2011 Last week, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg told his fellow Liberal Democrats at the party’s conference in Birmingham to “hold your heads up and look our critics squarely in the eye”. Among the many things that Liberal Democrats can be […]

‘Barnardo’s! Please quit the child detention business’

Alida Alisis, this article originally appeared in openDemocracy on 8 August 2011. Back in March, almost a year after the government had promised to end what Nick Clegg called the “shameful practice” of locking up asylum seeking families in conditions known to harm their mental health, Barnardo’s stunned children’s advocates by revealing that it had […]

Mid-Sussex migrant prison protest announced

Croydon No Borders are organising a demonstration against the opening of a new family immigration prison  (euphemistically referred to by the Home Office as  ‘pre-departure accommodation’) on Saturday 30th July, 1pm at Muster Green park, Hayward’s Heath. Hayward’s Heath is where Mid Sussex District Council, the local authority which approved planning permission for the new […]

The UK continues to detain children, a year after the Coalition’s pledge to end it

Simon Parker (This article originally appeared in openDemocracy on 11 May 2011) A year ago, the coalition pledged to halt all child detention by this very day. Yet the recent news that six children were held in three separate detention facilities by the UK Border Agency in March comes as no surprise to campaigners who […]

Where now for the campaign to end child detention?

Syd Bolton, Solicitor, Children’s Legal Centre* *This is the text of the speech that Syd Bolton gave to the End Child Detention Now/Shpresa Keep Your Promise campaign launch, Oxford House, Bethnal Green, London, 26th March 2011. Thank you all for being part of this campaign and for inviting me to take part in this important […]

Arora Hotels Back in Deportation Business

From London NoBorders 31 January 2011 London NoBorders has received information that THE hotel Company Arora International [1] has started a second attempt to make money from the Home Office’s deportation business. The company plans to use the site of a residential school for children with behavioural and learning difficulties in Pease Pottage, Crawley, Sussex […]

Keep Your Promise Campaign Launches

At a Conference in Birmingham today (Saturday 22 January), delegates from the Baptist Union, Methodist and United Reformed Churches will be asked to send postcards to Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg urging the coalition government to keep its promise on ending child detention. The postcards were designed by the young […]

An end to child detention?: how a High Court judgement brings us closer

Simon Parker This article originally appeared in openDemocracy, 13 January 2011. In the High Court on Tuesday, Mr Justice Wyn Williams might have driven the last nail into the coffin of Britain’s infamous and long-running child immigration detention policy. The detaining of children for immigration purposes has been denounced as a ‘scandal’ and a ‘moral […]