Refuse. Retract. Resist borders for children!

The fight against borders in our schools stepped up a notch this week. Against Borders for Children (ABC) hosted its first open conference on Saturday and yesterday they sent an nationwide email, in conjunction with renowned civil liberties group Liberty, to every headteacher in England. The letter requests parents be informed of their right to […]

Legal Aid update: House of Commons votes for Residence Test

When the latest wave of legal aid changes was proposed last year, the residence test was immediately one of the top concerns (see September blog post).  The residence test will predictably have a particularly negative effect on migrants’ access to legal aid. This update on the residence test for Legal Aid, is posted by Right […]

Barnardo's to help run new family detention centre

Children’s charity Barnardo’s have been contracted by the Home Office as a service provider at the new families detention centre at Pease Pottage, Sussex. The secure “pre-departure accommodation” is widely seen as detention re-packaged, and Barnardo’s role in the centre – which could see over 6,000 children a year detained – is controversial. Chief Executive […]

Five years of denial – detention of children

For years, the UK government has knowingly harmed between 1,000 and 2,000 children of asylum-seekers a year, sending dawn hit squads to raid family homes, to search children in their beds and lock them up (sometimes for weeks and months) in places known to harm their mental and physical health. All in the name of […]

55% of children wrongly detained says Refugee Council study

Refugee Council response to first quarterly asylum statistics for 2010 published today Refugee Council, 28 May 2010 In response to the publication of the first quarterly asylum stats for 2010, Donna Covey, Chief Executive of the Refugee Council said: “Initial decision making in the asylum system continues to give cause for concern, with 27% of […]

Ending child detention?

The new coalition Government have now published their agreed policy priorities and within the document is a commitment to “end the detention of children for immigration purposes”. This is a huge step forward for the campaign and for every one of you who has helped demand this change. Click here to read the full coalition […]