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Tuesday, November 09, 2004

UK: asylum centre fails children

from The Guardian:

Children detained in the Oakington asylum reception centre in Cambridgeshire are not being cared for properly, with some found to be suffering distress, according to the chief inspector of prisons.
She tells ministers that the detention of children should only be done in exceptional circumstances and only for very short periods.

The chief inspector's report also discloses that the agreed procedures for detaining the children of asylum seekers had not been followed.
The chief inspector's report says that social services did not carry out an assessment of children staying longer than a few days, even though "files showed that some children were suffering distress".
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