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Children still locked up at Campsfield House immigration centre

Despite the UK government's commitment to end detention of children for immigration purposes, a new report has revealed that three children were detained at Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre.

The report by Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons has revealed that three children had been held at the centre since 2013.

One of the children aged 16 years old, had been imprisoned for 62 days following an incorrect age assessment by social services.

Mr Hardwick said: “Detention should not be used for children, victims of torture or anyone for unreasonable lengths of time. Further improvements to national processes are required to ensure this does not happen.”

Commenting on the report’s findings, Refugee Council Policy Manager Judith Dennis said: "Unaccompanied children arrive in the UK alone, frightened and often traumatised. It’s deeply disturbing that they can then be thrown into adult detention centres and left to fend for themselves."

The report also revealed that 14 people had been held in the centre for more than six months.

"The Government appears so intent on locking up as many asylum seekers as possible that it’s wrongly imprisoning children too,” Ms Dennis said. "It’s high time the inhumane, inefficient and expensive practice of detaining asylum seekers is consigned to the history books, where it belongs."
 

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