OutCry! comments on new statistics on number of children in detention

25 November 2010

There have been at least 85 children in immigration detention since the Government promised to end the practice in May 2010.

Penny Nicholls, The Children's Society’s Director for Children and Young People, says: “We welcome the significant reduction in the number of children and families who were detained for immigration purposes between July and September. This is a step in the right direction. However, the Government has promised to end immigration detention of children and we fully expect them to honour this commitment and end this abhorrent practice without further delay.”

Celia Clarke, Director at Bail for Immigration Detainees says: “We are gravely concerned that over the last few months there have still been children facing immigration detention - despite the physical, mental and emotional harm that it causes. The Government needs to develop a more humane system for the treatment of families and children who are subject to immigration control.”

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For more information, please contact Rafi Cooper, The Children's Society, tel: 020 7841 4422 email: rafi.cooper@childsoc.org.uk

Notes to editors:

Outcry! campaign
The Children’s Society and Bail for Immigration Detainees are currently campaigning to end the immigration detention of children and their families. Funded by The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, we are campaigning together under the banner OutCry!. Sign up to the campaign by visiting www.outcrycampaign.org.uk.

The Children’s Society
The Children's Society is a leading children's charity committed to making childhood better for all children in the UK. Visit www.childrenssociety.org.uk

Bail for Immigration Detainees
Bail for Immigration Detainees is a human rights charity challenging immigration detention in the UK. It provides free legal advice to detained asylum seekers and migrants to help them secure their release and it campaigns to end arbitrary detention. Visit www.biduk.org