How our work supports the OutCry! Campaign

As well as providing much needed support to families and children, our direct work is vital because it feeds into our campaign to bring the immigration detention of children and their families to an end.

We systematically collect evidence from our legal and welfare support work to provide a detailed picture of children’s experiences in detention.

The campaign team uses this evidence to push the government to stop detaining children and families.

Ann's story

‘I moved to this area about five years ago, to be closer to work. I didn’t have any friends nearby and I didn’t have much free time to get to know people. Not long after I’d moved, someone from The Children’s Society gave a talk at my church. Handing out community boxes seemed like a fantastic way to get involved in the community without overstretching myself, so I signed up as a volunteer then and there.

Collection boxes

Box holders raise £2m annually from collecting change. Whether you collect on your own or as part of a group, we’d love to have your support.

Experiences of Children

Both The Children’s Society and Bail for Immigration Detainees work directly with children and families in immigration detention, providing much-needed legal and welfare support. As a result, we have heard first hand the appalling effects of detention on children.

Below is a small selection of quotes from those who have experienced detention.

National Bodies on OutCry!

'Detaining children for administrative reasons is never likely to be in their best interests or to contribute to meeting the Government’s outcomes for children under the Every Child Matters framework. The administrative detention of children for immigration purposes should therefore end.'
The Children's Commissioner for England

Authors on OutCry!

With thanks to citizens campaign End Child Detention Now

'What kind of country are we? Our government ratifies the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child but locks up children refused asylum on our shores. When shall we face the mirror of shame?'
Beverley Naidoo, Carnegie Medal-winning novelist

Early years

The Children's Society is the responsible body for management of many children's centres across England.


The Training and Consultancy Unit has specific expertise in consulting with disabled children and young people and their families on a broad range of issues.

Our expertise

The Training and Consultancy Unit has specific expertise in consulting with a wide range of children and young people.