Bad health care for jailed children in Britain

This video from Britain says about itself:

Channel 4 news, 3rd Sep 2008 – Keith Vaz on Yarls Wood.

From British daily News Line:

Saturday, 22 November 2008


‘The appalling failures in the health care of children in detention centres, which are the ultimate responsibility of the UK Home Office’, are condemned in the lead Editorial in this week’s Lancet.

About 2,000 children up to the age of 18 years are held in UK detention centres every year.

Many are children of families who have been refused asylum or have overstayed their visas; some are asylum seekers or are detained on arrival because they have no identification papers.

Often families are taken from their homes with no time to pack even essential medicines and clothes.

Once at a detention centre, which for families is usually Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre, children are essentially imprisoned with little to do, and provided with inadequate education and health care.

Few children in this setting receive appropriate continuity of care during their stay.

The Editorial says that routine childhood immunisations are often missed.

Children can be returned to countries where measles and meningitis are common causes of death in children under 5 years, and the opportunity for protecting these children while in the UK has been lost.

Campaigners will tomorrow be picketing the London offices of the private firm Serco, which operates the infamous Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre: here.

Campaigners protested outside Communications House, one of London’s two immigration reporting centres, on Saturday in solidarity with detainees on hunger strike at the notorious Yarl’s Wood detention centre and university cleaners who were snatched by authorities after winning a living wage: here.

Public Interest Lawyers said: ‘Today’s report by Baroness O’Loan adds to the growing evidence of the prevailing culture of abuse inside Britain’s immigration detention centres, particularly at Yarl’s Wood’: here.

The chief inspector of prisons warned yesterday that young children are being held for too long and unnecessarily at the notorious Yarl’s Wood detention centre: here.

Serco, the private contractor that manages Australia’s detention centres, continues to escape media scrutiny, despite a series of dangerous incidents and claims of abuse: here.

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