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.… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »