On this page you can find links to recent news articles about OutCry! and the immigration detention of children.

16 December 2010 - The Guardian - Charities accuse Nick Clegg of 'rebranding detention' over children of asylum seekers

28 November 2010 - The Observer - Croydon asylum centre will be as bad as Yarl's Wood, says charity

16 November 2010 - The Guardian response from Tom Brake - Lib Dems are keeping their promises on child detention

12 November 2010 - The Guardian - Peers call for children to be released from immigration centres

12 November 2010 - The Guardian letter from peers and bishops - Child detention – we are still waiting

10 November 2010 - The Guardian letter from The Royal Colleges of Psychiatrists, Paediatrics and Child Health, and General Practitioners - Unto the breeches 

8 November 2010 - The Guardian - Home Office delays child migrant detention pledge

8 November 2010 - The Guardian - Plans to end detention of children in immigration removal centres delayed

2 November 2010 - BBC News - Asylum pilot scheme removes one family

2 November 2010 – BBC News - Can asylum children be removed without being detained?

Friday 8 October 2010 – The Guardian – ‘Pregnant woman at Yarl’s Wood denied hospital scan despite baby scare’

Sunday 3 October 2010 – The Independent – 'Morpugo bares his teeth over child detention’

28 September 2010 - The Guardian response by Trevor Buck - 'The promise to end child detention must be delivered immediately'

16 September 2010 – The Guardian comment by Melanie McFadyean –‘This was state-sponsored cruelty last year. It still is’

15 September 2010 – The Guardian – ‘Home Office to deport Jamaican mother after ten years in the UK’

9 September 2010 – BBC News – ‘Child immigration detention ‘harm’ documented by medics’

9 September 2010 – The Guardian – ‘Government climbdown on detention of children in immigration centres’

9 September 2010 – Home Office – ‘Progress made on child detention review’

9 September 2010 – The Independent – ‘Child refugees harmed by ‘cruel’ detention system’

9 September 2010 – The Guardian - Letter from Refugee Children’s Consortium: ‘Act now on child refugee detainees’

18 August 2010 – The Guardian - ‘The refused asylum seekers living against the clock’

7 August 2010 - The Independent - "Revealed: how asylum detention centres damage children"

7 August 2010 - BBC News - "Glasgow offers alternative to child detentions"

6 August 2010 - The Daily Telegraph - "Families with children facing deportation given two-week ultimatum before removal"

6 August 2010 - BBC News - "Detaining children of failed asylum seekers 'must end'"

6 August 2010 - Radio 4 Today Programme - "Glasgow's alternative to child detention" (audio)

5 August 2010 - The Guardian - "Children in immigration centres face deportation within weeks"

2 August 2010 - The Guardian - "Asylum seekers win new strength to fight after Yarl's Wood hunger strike"

27 July 2010 - The Guardian - "Immigration inspector criticises dawn raids on families facing deportation"

23 July 2010 - The Guardian - "Yarl's Wood itself is the moral outrage"

22 July 2010 - The Scotsman - "Previous 'victory' as coalition ends detention of child asylum seekers"

21 July 2010 - Children & Young People Now - "Yarl's Wood family unit to close"

21 July 2010 - BBC News - "Family wing at Yarl's Wood detention centre to close"

21 July 2010 - Channel 4 News - "Clegg: Yarl's Wood will 'close'"

14 July 2010 - The Independent - "Immigrant should not be in jail, says prisons watchdog"

13 July 2010 - Children & Young People Now - "Lawyers demand end to detention"

12 July 2010 - New Statesman - "Should immigration removal centres be run by private firms?"

12 July 2010 - The Guardian - "Gatwick deportation centre 'not safe'"

18 June 2010 - Daily Telegraph - Comment by Malcolm Stevens - "Yarl's Wood immigration centre treated children in a shameful way"

16 June 2010 - Bradford Telegraph and Argus - "In Refugee Week, Hannah Baker talks to a mum about the misery of child detention"

15 June 2010 - The Scotsman - "Scotland leads way as 'inhumane' asylum system is overhauled"

15 June 2010 - The Independent - "Yarl's Wood staff criticised over sex case"

15 June 2010 - The Herald - "New review into asylum seeker system announced"

14 June 2010 - BBC News - "Review of child detention launched in Glasgow"

14 June 2010 - The Guardian - "Yarl's Wood staff criticised for poor investigation into child sex case"

11 June 2010 - UK Border Agency - "Review into ending the detention of children for immigration purposes (June to July 2010)" - highlights the UKBA's public consultation on ending child detention. Submissions can be made by email to ChildDetentionReview@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk - the deadline is 1 July 2010.

11 June 2010 - BBC News - "Asylum family held at Dungavel fail in court appeal"

11 June 2010 - The Scotsman - "Fury as Precious Mhango and mother lose court extradition fight"

11 June 2010 - The Herald - "Precious ruled too popular to stay in Scotland"

11 June 2010 - Glasgow Evening Times - "Judge's setback for little Precious and mum"

8 June 2010 - The Guardian Comment is Free - "Deporting unaccompanied child migrants is immoral"

7 June 2010 - The Guardian - "UK to deport child asylum seekers to Afghanistan"

3 June 2010 - New Statesman -"Why Refugee and Migrant Justice must not be allowed to fail"

3 June 2010 - Ekklesia - "Update on Government progress regarding child detention"

2 June 2010 - House of Lords debate - Immigration: Detention of Children - A brief debate in the House of Lords on 2 June provided a little more detail on the Government's plans for ending the immigration detention of children.

1 June 2010 - The Guardian - "The winners of the Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year competition" - well done to Florence Potkins, 11, who won with her reporting of the story of Bethlehem Abate, a child detained at Yarl's Wood - "This is not Nazi Germany; this is September 2009. Bethlehem Abate is 11 years old and has escaped with her mother from Ethiopia..."

30 May 2010 - The Guardian - "Funding crisis over legal aid threatens UK asylum chaos, ministers are warned"

28 May 2010 - The Guardian Comment is Free - "Don't replace child detention with enforced separation"

27 May 2010 - Ekklesia - "Immigration officials accused of traumatising three-year-old child"

26 May 2010 - The Guardian - "A child's eye of life inside Yarl's Wood immigration removal centre" - the account of Wells Botomani, now 14.

25 May 2010 - The Guardian - "Judge orders Home Office to stop deportations without warning"

25 May 2010 - The Independent - "Government plans cap on non-EU immigration" - the article also reports on the confirmation in the Queen's speech of the Government's intention to end immigration detention of children.

25 May 2010 - Children & Young People Now - "News Insight: Joint working - Detention pledge met with caution"

24 May 2010 - The Guardian Letters - Colin Firth (Actor) - "Coalition must act on shameful detention"

23 May 2010 - The Guardian Comment is Free - Sir Al Aynsley-Green (Former Children's Commissioner for England) - "Speedy end to child detention is needed"

20 May 2010 - The Guardian Comment is Free - Caroline Slocock - "Border agency breaking rules over detention of children in Yarl's Wood"

20 May 2010 - The Daily Telegraph - "Yarl's Wood immigration centre is not fit for children and families"

20 May 2010 - The Scotsman - "Now asylum children face 'even worse prison than Dungavel'"

19 May 2010 - The Times - "Detention of children at Dungavel ends now, says Home Office"

19 May 2010 - BBC News - "Child detention to end at Dungavel removal centre"

18 May 2010 - The Guardian Comment is Free - Natasha Walter - "The revival of sanctuary"

18 May 2010 - The Scotsman - "Baby girl, 8 months, held at Dungavel detention centre"

18 May 2010 - The Guardian Letters - "We must end the detention of families"

17 May 2010 - BBC News - "Children 'to remain' at Dungavel detention centre"

15 May 2010 - UK Border Agency Press Release - "Update on child detention"

14 May 2010 - The Guardian - "Asylum children will be kept out of 'distressing' detention centres"

13 May 2010 - The Guardian Comment is Free - "A welcome move on child detention"

13 May 2010 - The Times - "Detention of asylum-seeker children to be scrapped"

12 May 2010 - BBC News - "Full Text: Conservative-Lib Dem deal" - Includes the policy statement "we will end the detention of children for immigration purposes"

3 May 2010 - The Guardian - "Gordon Brown triumphs in unofficial fourth TV leadership debate" - Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg all faced questions about ending child detention at the Citizens UK Assembly on 3rd May. You can see their speeches at http://www.citizensukblog.org/.

1 May 2010 - The Guardian Comment is Free - "We must not punish the children"

27 April 2010 - The Guardian Comment is Free - "Only Liberal Democrats would end child detention"

27 April 2010 - Children & Young People Now - "NCB Now: Member news - OutCry! campaign"

22 April 2010 - Sheffield Telegraph - "Time to back the OutCry! campaign" - A reader's letter sent in using our local newspaper action.

13 April 2010 - Hackney Citizen - "Hillier hits back over Yarl's Wood"

11 April 2010 - The Observer - "Could this woman's fight change the way Britain treats asylum seekers?"

25 March 2010 - The Guardian Comment is Free - Simon Parker - "Can Labour 'out-nasty' the Tories on asylum? Phil Woolas' defence of the inhumane Yarl's Wood removal centre reflects Labour's shift to the right on asylum"

25 March 2010 - Ekklesia - "Religious leaders call for election pledges to end child detention"

24 March 2010 - Hackney Citizen - "Hackney MPs clash over child detention at Yarl's Wood"

24 March 2010 - The Independent - "Child asylum-seekers 'split from their families by force'"

24 March 2010 - The Times - "Baby held at Yarl's Wood for 100 days, says chief prison inspector"

24 March 2010 - BBC News - "Children held unnecessarily at Yarl's Wood - inspector"

24 March 2010 - The Guardian - "Yarl's Wood detained baby for 100 days, damning report reveals"

23 March 2010 - Children & Young People Now - "UK Border Agency attacked for treatment of child asylum seekers"

22 March 2010 - The Guardian - "Three Yarl's Wood doctors investigated over healthcare failings"

21 March 2010 - BBC News - "'Hunger strike' at Bedfordshire detention centre ends"

20 March 2010 - The Guardian - "Court allows judicial review over Yarl's Wood detention"

19 March 2010 - The BBC 2 Daily Politics Show - Major discussion on the immigration detention of children, with former children's laureate Michael Morpurgo at Yarl's Wood, followed by a pre-recorded interview with Home Office Minister Meg Hillier MP, and then a studio discussion with Michael Morpurgo, Polly Toynbee and Andrew Pierce.

15 March 2010 - The Independent - "Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Our asylum policy is a national disgrace"

14 March 2010 - The Observer Comment is free - "We punish those we should protect"

14 March 2010 - The Observer - "UK 'ignoring' systemic evidence of torture among asylum seekers"

14 March 2010 - Jamaica Observer - "Yarl's Wood: A history of violence and brutality" - comment piece by Diane Abbott MP.

13 March 2010 - Liberal Democrats - "Liberal Democrats call for end to child detention"

12 March 2010 - The Guardian - "The bigger picture on asylum"

12 March 2010 - The Independent - "Asylum-seekers abused by security guards, says report"

10 March 2010 - Bedford Today - "Yarl's Wood detainees to sue the Home Office"

10 March 2010 - BBC News - "View from inside of Yarl's Wood centre in Bedfordshire"

9 March 2010 - BBC News - "Legal challenge over Yarl's Wood protest"

9 March 2010 - The Independent - "Refugees 'denied vital healthcare services'"

8 March 2010 - BBC News - "Ex-detainees in Yarl's Wood high court challenge" - video from BBC news - Human rights lawyers have mounted a legal challenge on behalf of former detainees at Yarl's Wood immigration centre.

7 March 2010 - Christian Today - "Church leader condemns detention of children at immigration centre"

6 March 2010 - The Scotsman - "Boys, 6, seized in their school uniforms and locked up at Dungavel"

5 March 2010 - BBC News - "Twins aged five taken to Dungavel"

4 March 2010 - Christian Today - "Church leaders call for responsible campaigning on asylum seekers" - article highlighting the support of the United Reformed, Baptist and Methodist Churches for the Citizens for Sanctuary campaign to get candidates for the General Election to sign up to their Sanctuary Pledge. The pledge also includes a call to end the immigration detention of children. You can find out more and urge your candidate to sign up to the Sanctuary Pledge at sanctuarypledge.org.uk.  

3 March 2010 - BBC2 Daily Politics Show - "Author Michael Morpurgo on child asylum seekers" - Former children's laureate Michael Morpurgo stands outside the Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre in Bedfordshire to give his views on how child asylum seekers are treated in the UK.

1 March 2010 - The Guardian - "Legal challenge over Yarl's Wood women"

1 March 2010 - The Independent Comment - "Melanie McFadyean: The scandal that is Yarl's Wood"

28 February 2010 - The Observer - "Immigration bosses to be quizzed after asylum seekers were 'beaten' by guards"

26 February 2010 - Glasgow Evening Times - "Fight for student who faces being deported"

24 February 2010 - BBC News - "MP demands Yarl's Wood hunger strike inquiry"

23 February 2010 - Morning Star - "Clerics call for end to child detention"

23 February 2010 - Independent Catholic News - "Church leaders protest over UK's 'shameful incarceration of children'"

23 February 2010 - The Guardian Comment is free - "Yarl's Wood: a disgrace" - Comment from Phil Shiner and Daniel Carey of Public Interest Lawyers who act for women and children detained at Yarl's Wood.

21 February 2010 - The Guardian - "Fears for health of Yarl's Wood women in third week of hunger strike"

20 February 2010 - Wales Online - "Archbishop of Wales condemns detention of children in immigration removal centres"

19 February 2010 - The Daily Telegraph Letters - "Detention of children" (approx halfway down the page) - Joint letter signed by many faith leaders calling for an end to detention of children.

18 February 2010 - Birmingham Post - "Support OutCry! child campaign" - another letter published as a result of our online action - take this action now...

18 February 2010 - Bedford Today - "Yarl's Wood criticised again by the children's commissioner for England"

18 February 2010 - The Guardian Letters - "Yarl's Wood: there is no need to detain families with children"

17 February 2010 - BBC News - "Yarl's Wood 'must still improve child detention'"

17 February 2010 - BBC News - "'Never nice for children' - life in a detention centre"

17 February 2010 - The Times - "Sir Al Aynsley-Green: detention of youngsters at Yarl's Wood must end"

17 February 2010 - The Independent - "Stop locking up asylum children, ministers told"

17 February 2010 - The Daily Telegraph - "Children should not be held in immigration centres, says watchdog"

17 February 2010 - The Guardian - "Yarl's Wood children face 'extreme distress', report reveals"

15 February 2010 - Glasgow Evening Times - "We'd love to stay in friendly Glasgow"

14 February 2010 - The Independent - "Locked up indefinitely: The prisoners who have committed no crime"

13 February 2010 - BBC News - "Four on Yarl's Wood hunger strike moved to prison"

13 February 2010 - The Guardian - "Yarls Wood: 'One girl tied a rope around her neck and tried to hang herself'"

12 February 2010 - The Guardian - "Hunger strikers at immigration centre tell of squalid conditions"

12 February 2010 - The Scotsman - "£2 million in compensation to immigrants held illegally"

12 February 2010 - The Daily Telegraph - "Illegal immigrants handed compensation for wrongful detention"

11 February 2010 - The Northern Echo - "Child detainees" - another published letter resulting from OutCry!'s online action. Take this action now...

11 February 2010 - BBC News - "Asylum pair win judicial review"

11 February 2010 - BBC News - "Minister 'admits paying millions to detained migrants'"

11 February 2010 - Demotix - "Students protest in support of hunger strikers at the Yarl's Wood detention centre in Bedford"

11 February 2010 - Luton Today - "50 women on hunger strike at Yarl's Wood - the full story"

9 February 2010 - Politics.co.uk - "Asylum delays at heart of Yarl's Wood protest"

9 February 2010 - Channel 4 News - "Yarl's Wood women remain on hunger strike" - includes video news from Yarl's Wood and interview with one of the women on hunger strike.

9 February 2010 - The Independent - "Hunger strike at detention centre"

9 February 2010 - The Daily Telegraph - "Mothers go on hunger strike at immigration centre after being separated from children"

8 February 2010 - BBC News - "Hunger strike at Yarl's Wood immigration centre"

8 February 2010 - The Guardian - "Yarl's Wood women on hunger strike 'locked up and denied treatment'"

4 February 2010 - The Exeter Express & Echo - "Support campaign over child detainees" - another published letter resulting from OutCry!'s online action. Take this action now...

4 February 2010 - The Independent - "Nigerian prince: 'I'd rather be sent back to my torturers than stay in a detention centre'"

3 February 2010 - Hillingdon & Uxbridge Times - "Hayes MP backs campaign for an end to immigration detention for children" - This article highlights John McDonnell MP's support for OutCry! after one of his constituents took our easy online action to email their local newspaper and MP! Take this action now....

1 February 2010 - Morning Star - "Cleric: Don't imprison asylum kids"

1 February 2010 - Ekklesia - "Detention of children of asylum seekers must end, says bishop"

30 January 2010 - BBC News - "Bolivian refugee family to get damages from Home Office"

29 January 2010 - Channel 4 News - "Mother gets £100,000 for detention ordeal"

29 January 2010 - The Guardian - "Family wins £100,000 for detention ordeal"

24 January 2010 - The Politics Show BBC Scotland (feature starts at around 55 mins; clicking the link should start it there) - Interviewed on the BBC1 Politics Show on Sunday, Florence Mhango and 10 year old Precious talk of their experiences of imprisonment while awaiting a final decision on their asylum appeal. The piece also includes a debate between Anne McLaughlin MSP and Ann McKechin MP, Minister at The Scotland Office, on the immigration detention of children.

23 January 2010 - The Sentinel (Staffordshire and South Cheshire) - "Asylum seekers in line for payout after delay"

22 January 2010 - The Morning Star - "Detained Cameroon family wins damages"

17 January 2010 - Bedfordshire on Sunday - "Women asylum seekers tell tales of horror"

12 January 2010 - The Independent - "Detaining children in Britain: No place for the innocent"