Detention of children: December 2014

Document type
Refugee Council
Date of publication
1 December 2014
Minority Groups, Children and Young People
Social welfare
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In May 2010 the Government announced its intention to end the detention of children, followed by the announcement in December 2010 of a new process to arrange for the departure of families with children, including the use of secure ‘pre-departure’ accommodation for families refusing to cooperate with the departure process. The pre-departure facility Cedars opened in August 2011. Families with children can still be held in other short term holding facilities at ports of entry, or at Tinsley House Immigration Removal Centre, pending admission to the UK or removal. Detention at other Immigration Removal Centres is now rare, but does occasionally occur. The number of children detained has undoubtedly fallen as a result of the changed procedures, but children are still being detained. The numbers dropped sharply during 2010 and have remained relatively low compared with earlier years.

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