Yarl’s Wood embroiled in controversies since it inception in 2001 20th July 2011: In less than five years, as many as nine detention custody officers working at the Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre in Clapham have been dismissed from service.
The latest to go is an officer at the centre. He was sacked following claims he got a detainee pregnant. The Serco employee was fired on July 8.
Currently, there are currently 239 Serco staff there.
Yarl’s Wood has been embroiled in controversies since it inception way back in 2001.
Just about a year after it opened, on 14th February 2002, fire damaged half of the building was damaged by fire. The undamaged half was re-opened in September 2003.
A spokesman for the firm, which has managed and operated the centre since April 2007, confirmed the member of staff’s misconduct was in connection with the case of a resident who became pregnant.
Confirming the member of staff had been dismissed from service, a spokesman for Serco added they expected the highest levels of professionalism from their staff at all times, and they do not tolerate misconduct.
In February, Bedfordshire on Sunday disclosed that the officer had been suspended pending an internal and professional standards investigation.
It is believed the employee was suspended on full pay from January. This week a spokesman for Serco confirmed the member of staff had been dismissed.