Since 2002, BID has been campaigning to end the immigration detention of children and their families. We were therefore delighted in May 2010, when the coalition government announced that child detention would end. Yet children continue to be detained, so we are calling on the government to fulfil their commitment to end this unacceptable practice.
Children we have worked with in detention have become extremely distressed and developed serious health problems. Medical studies have found that detention is associated with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, suicidal ideation, self-harm and developmental delay in children.
BID's concerns about child detention and the family returns process have been covered by Children and Young People Now, Politics.co.uk and in the 2014 'State of Children’s Rights in England' report.
We are calling on the government to fulfil their commitment to end child detention. We are also campaigning against harmful alternatives to child detention such as the separation of families. See below a selection of BID's research reports and briefings on child detention. You can download all BID's briefings on our parliamentary briefings and policy briefings pages.