OutCry! response to Nick Clegg's announcement on the detention of children

16 December 2010

The OutCry! campaign is delighted that Nick Clegg has set out a timetable to end the abhorrent practice of detaining children in removal centres.  We particularly welcome the immediate closure of the family unit at Yarl's Wood. The government is to be commended for taking seriously the need to put children's welfare at the centre of the asylum process.

BID is the 2010 winner of the JUSTICE Human Rights Award

9 December 2010

BID is delighted to have won the 2010 JUSTICE Human Rights Award.  BID was nominated "for its tireless work on behalf of some of the most vulnerable, marginalised and maligned sections of our community - from providing assistance to over 2,000 people held in immigration detention to the key Supreme Court cases SK and WL".  

Croydon asylum centre will be as bad as Yarl's Wood, says charity

28 November 2010

Warning of 'unacceptable distress and disruption" because of inadequate safeguards for children's safety.

Children's rights campaigners hail drop in immigration detention, but call for more progress

25 November 2010

Children's rights campaigners have welcomed a drop in the number of children detained under the Immigration Act.

A nice judge on a good day...

22 November 2010

A blog post by Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants.

Outcry! briefing outlining concern about new proposed methods of forcibly removing families

19 November 2010

BID and The Children's Society have issued a briefing paper outlining their concern about two of the methods of forcibly removing families that the UK Border Agency (UKBA) is trialing: limited notice of removal and accommodation centres. Dowload the full briefing, below.

BID & ICAR new survey on level of legal representation among detainees

12 November 2010

BID and the Information Centre about Asylum and Refugees are working together on a survey on nationwide level of legal representation among detainees.  Results are expected to be published in December 2010. 

Peers call for children to be released from immigration centres

12 November 2010

Letter to Guardian says there is 'clear evidence that this is harmful' as government delays after pledge to end practice.

Triple vulnerability: the lives of Britain's undocumented migrant children

9 November 2010

Undocumented migrant children in the UK stand at the crossroads of different and conflicting policy agendas. The unresolved tension between commitments to protect children's rights and to securing borders is shaping their everyday lives in Britain.

Open talk on detention and the asylum process

28 October 2010

Adeline Trude from Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) and Francis Webber of the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) will be leading a talk about understanding immigration bail and the asylum process Saturday 2 October. The talk will be held at the Gateshead Civic Centre at 11.30 (talk starts at 12.)

Child detention in immigration centres faces legal challenge

26 October 2010

Home Office to fight high court case of two mothers whose children became ill after being detained in Yarl's Wood.

Campaigners highlight child detention case as govt action 'stalls'

26 October 2010

Campaigners are seizing on a test case on child detention before the high court today, as observers start to lose faith in the government's promise to end the practice.

This was state-sponsored cruelty last year. It still is

16 September 2010

Nick Clegg's passionate attack on the detention of children in immigration centres is not reflected by his government in action.

Immigration Detainees failed by system

16 September 2010

An important new report from Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID), A nice judge on a good day: immigration bail and the right to liberty, reveals the systemic failures within the Home Office and the legal system which consign detainees to oblivion for months or years.

Act now on child refugee detainees

9 September 2010

A letter signed by BID and other organisations published in The Guardian.

Clegg signals end of child detention with Yarl's Wood family unit closure

21 July 2010

The family wing of Yarl's Wood immigration centre is to be closed as part of government plans to end the detention of children awaiting deportation, Nick Clegg announced today. The move was hailed by the Liberal Democrats as a sign of their influence in the coalition although it was also mired in confusion.

Yarl's Wood detention centre's family wing to be shut down

21 July 2010

Nick Clegg describes facility opened by Labour government, which detains up to 1,000 children a year, as a 'moral outrage'.

Immigration detainees failed by bail process - new BID report

14 July 2010

Human rights organisation Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) has called for a major rethink of the immigration bail process. BID's latest research report ‘’A nice judge on a good day: immigration bail and the right to liberty’, launches tomorrow in Parliament at an event hosted by Simon Hughes MP and addressed by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC. The report examines the entire bail process, which for many detainees is their only opportunity to challenge their detention.

How good is the good news on child detention?

20 May 2010

The heralded end to the detention of children in centres like Yarl’s Wood has to be treated with caution.

Asylum children will be kept out of 'distressing' detention centres

14 April 2010

Damian Green, the immigration minister, is to end the practice of keeping children in detention centres within the next few months.

Minister ‘admits paying millions to detained migrants’

20 February 2010

Immigration minister Phil Woolas has admitted millions of pounds are being paid in compensation to migrants who have been detained in removal centres.

Children's Commissioner calls for an end to detaining children in the asylum system

18 February 2010

Sir Al Aynsley-Green, Children's Commissioner for England, has published a progress report into conditions in which children are held at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre.

Mothers go on hunger strike at immigration centre after being separated from children

9 February 2010

A group of up to 80 mothers detained at an immigration centre have gone in hunger strike in protest at being separated from their children, it has emerged.

Family wins £100,000 for detention ordeal

29 January 2010

Bolivian asylum seekers were falsely imprisoned and children traumatised after being held at centre.

Petition to end detention of children

6 January 2010

End Child Detention has launched a national petition to Prime Minister Gordon Brown calling for an end of the scandal of children being held in detention centres.

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