21 Jul 2010

The Children's Society and Bail for Immigration Detainees (united under the OutCry! campaign) are delighted that the new Government has pledged to close the family unit at Yarl’s Wood detention centre as part of its commitment to ending child detention in immigration centres.

The OutCry! campaign has repeatedly condemned the unnecessary practice of immigration detention of children which seriously harms children’s physical and mental health. We believe that locking up children, who have committed no crime, for months at a time, is unacceptable in Britain in the 21st Century. This commitment is a huge step in the right direction.

For more information, please contact Rafi Cooper at The Children's Society's press office: 020 7841 4526, 07810 796 508, or Rafi.cooper@childsoc.org.uk