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 disorderdepression, 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 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.  


Briefings and Comments

Families separated by immigration detention and deportation- February 2019

BID briefing on child detention & family separation - Immigration Bill Common's consideration of Lord's amendments

BID briefing on child detention - Immigration Bill Lords Report Stage

Refugee Children's Consortium comments on Operating Standards for new family detention facility

Refugee Children's Consortium briefing on Child Detention

BID and The Children's Society's response to Home Office plans for family returns pilots

2010 Outcry! briefing: concerns about proposed methods for forcibly removing families

BID and The Children’s Society's response to Home Office review into ending the detention of children for immigration purposes

BID and The Children's Society party conference briefing on children and immigration detention

Publications and Reports

Last resort or first resort: Immigration detention of children in the UK: Executive Summary

Last resort or first resort Immigration detention of children in the UK Full Report

An evaluative report on the Millbank Alternative to Detention Pilot by BID and The Children's Society

Obstacles to accountability: challenging the immigration detention of families

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) is a registered Charity No. 1077187. Registered in England as a Limited Company No. 03803669. Accredited by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner Ref. No. N200100147. We are a member of the Fundraising Regulator, committed to best practice in fundraising and follow the standards for fundraising as set out in the Code of Fundraising Practice.
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