Detention of children

Since 2002, BID has been campaigning to end the immigration detention of children and their famillies. We were therefore delighted in May 2010, when the coalition government announced that child detention would end. We are gravely concerned that, despite this commitment, children continue to be detained, albeit in smaller numbers and for shorter periods.

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, 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.  

Helpline for detainees

Tel: 020 7456 9750
Fax: 020 3745 5226

Helpline open Monday to Thursday between 10am and 12 midday


020 7456 9762 (Monday to Friday)
Please note, it is not possible to get information or advice via this number.

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