Child locked up ‘by mistake’ for 62 days at adult immigration jail (UK)
New report from HM Inspectorate of Prisons on Camps-field House, run by outsource Mite, reveals: 16 year old detained ‘by mistake’Torture victims held in defiance of Home Office rules Dirty, overcrowded accommodation.
When prisons inspectors paid a surprise visit to Campsfield House immigration lock-up last August they found asylum seekers living in dirty, overcrowded conditions and torture survivors locked up in violation of Home Office rules. And they discovered that a child had been wrongfully imprisoned for 62 days.
Still, their report on Campsfield, which is run by the outsourcer Mitie, concludes that “overall this was a very positive inspection”, giving some indication of the standards expected of the Home Office’s commercial contractors.
In their report, published this week, the inspectors noted that three children were held at Campsfield between 2012 and 2013 in contravention of government policy. One boy was assessed by social services as being an adult and held for 62 days. He was released only after he obtained legal representation and his solicitor threatened the social services department with a judicial review. Social workers then made a second assessment and concluded that the boy was 16 years old.
The inspectors said that he “was held by mistake and should never have been detained”.
They said Mitie’s policy on safeguarding children was “up to date and comprehensive”, but there was no named member of staff who took the lead on safeguarding children.
Mitie told the inspectors that some staff had “taken an e-learning package” in child safeguarding, but the company was “unable to provide exact figures”…Continue Reading go to – https://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/phil-miller/child-locked-up-%E2%80%98by-mistake%E2%80%99-for-62-days-at-adult-immigration-jail
Mentally ill children locked up in JAIL because of “woeful lack” of facilities – charity claims
16:12, 3 March 2014 – By Chris Bradley
GettyChild in jailBehind bars: Mentally ill children are being held in jail because there is nowhere else to put them
Children with severe mental health problems are being locked up in police cells due to a “woeful lack” of facilities, a charity claims.
A Care Quality Commission report revealed children as young as 11 were put in custody because there was nowhere else for them to go.
Charity YoungMinds has also hit out over families having to travel hundreds of miles to get a hospital bed…Continue Reading go to – http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/mentally-ill-children-locked-up-3203660
Exclusive: Children are still held in adult detention centres despite Coalition pledges to end the practice
Theindependent 24 FEBRUARY 2015