Following are links to publications and research reports on OutCry! and the immigration detention of children:
The Children's Society - What have I done? The experiences of children and families in UK immigration detention: Lessons to learn (May 2011)
Medical Justice - State Sponsored Cruelty: Children in Immigration Detention (September 2010)
Independent Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency - Family Removals: A Thematic Inspection (July 2010)
HM Inspector of Prisons - Brook House Immigration Removal Centre - Fundamentally Unsafe (July 2010)
Hansard - Full text of Westminster Hall debate on Alternatives to Child Detention (17 June 2010)
Bedfordshire Local Safeguarding Children Board - "Independent review: child A and child B placed with family at immigration removal centre" (June 2010)
UK Border Agency - "Review into ending the detention of children for immigration purposes (June to July 2010)" (11 June 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.
House of Lords debate - Immigration: Detention of Children (2 June 2010) - 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.
The Control of Immigration: Quarterly Statistical Summary (January-March 2010), released by The Home Office in May 2010. These statistics show that 230 children entered detention over the period, 200 children left detention - and of these 200, only 90 were removed from the UK (therefore 110 - 55% - were released back into their communities - their detention having served no purpose).
UK Border Agency Press Release - "Update on child detention" (15 May 2010)
Full text of coalition agreement reached by the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats - BBC News - Includes the statement "We will end the detention of children for immigration purposes" (Published 12 May 2010)
HM Chief Inspector of Prisons - "Report on an unannounced full follow-up inspection of Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre, 9-13 November 2009" (Published March 2010)
Refugee & Migrant Justice - "Safe at Last? Children in the front line of UK Border Control" (March 2010)
Human Rights Watch - "Fast-Tracked Unfairness: Detention and Denial of Women Asylum Seekers in the UK" (February 2010)
Equality & Human Rights Commission - "Refugees and asylum seekers: A review from an equality and human rights perspective" (March 2010). The report comments that "Processes for removal involving detention and deportation have been the subject of sustained criticism on human rights grounds relating to both the policies underpinning the process and its practical implementation. The fact that families with children are detained remains and a range of human rights concerns have been raised as to the implications of this for children."
The Control of Immigration: Quarterly Statistical Summary (October-December 2009), released by The Home Office in February 2010. These statistics show that 285 children entered immigration detention between October and December 2009. With the release of these statistics we now have a complete picture for 2009, which shows that 1,065 children entered detention in 2009. The statistics also show that only 520 children (just under half) were removed from the UK after leaving detention in 2009, suggesting that half of the children were detained unnecessarily.
Your rights: children and families in detention - published by Bail for Immigration Detainees and The Children's Society for those in immigration detention. This leaflet is available in English, French, Mandarin, Urdu and Farsi.
European Council on Refugees and Exiles: Interview with Alexis Deswaef, lawyer of the Muskhadzhiyeva family - On Tuesday 19 January, Belgium was condemned by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg for the detention of a Chechen family of four children and their mother in a closed reception centre. The family's lawyer described the court's judgement as "not the beginning of the end of family detention in Belgium but the end itself", and called for Belgium to "use its EU Presidency to push for EU-wide legislation prohibiting the detention of families".
HM Chief Inspector of Prisons - "Report on an unannounced short follow-up inspection of Tinsley House Immigration Removal Centre, 13-15 July 2009" (Published December 2009)
OutCry! briefing on children and immigration detention (December 2009)
Joint briefing by The Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Royal College of General Practitioners and the Faculty of Public Health - “Significant Harm: the effects of immigration detention on the health of children and families in the UK” (9 December 2009)
Full report: "The mental and physical health difficulties of children held within a British immigration detention centre: A pilot study". Published in Child Abuse and Neglect, the International Journal (September 2009)
The Control of Immigration: Quarterly Statistical Summary (July-September 2009), released by The Home Office, shows that a total of 315 children were held in immigration detention between July and September this year – 240 of them under 11 years old.
Executive Summary: “The mental and physical health difficulties of children held within a British immigration detention centre: A pilot study”. Published in Child Abuse and Neglect, the International Journal (September 2009)
Bail for Immigration Detainees, 'Out of sight , out of mind: experiences of immigration detention in the UK' in particular the chapter on families pages 27-32 (July 2009)
The Control of Immigration: Quarterly Statistical Summary (April-June 2009), released by the Home Office, contains for the first time more comprehensive figures about children held in immigration detention.
The Children’s Society and Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) – “An evaluative report on the Millbank alternative to detention pilot” (May 2009)
11m (The Children's Commissioner for England) - "The Arrest and Detention of Children Subject to Immigration Control" (April 2009)
Submission to the Joint Committee on Human Rights’s (JCHR) inquiry into children’s rights from Bail for Immigration Detainees and The Children’s Society on the situation of children in immigration detention (February 2009)
HM Chief Inspector of Prisons – “Report of an Announced Inspection of Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre 4 – 8 February 2008”
Bail for Immigration Detainees, Obstacles to accountability: challenging the immigration detention of families (June 2007)
No Place for A Child – “Alternatives to immigration detention of families and children – a discussion paper by John Bercow MP, Lord Dubs and Evan Harris MP” (July 2006)
Save the Children, No Place for a Child - Children in UK immigration detention: impacts, alternatives and safeguards (2005)