Not a Minor Offence; Unaccompanied Children Locked up as Part of the Asylum System

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Date of publication:  01 May 2012 Authors:  Judith Dennis Publisher:  Refugee Council Publication type:  Report / Study / Data

The organisation’s report, Not a minor offence, focuses on children who have arrived in the UK on their own, but who are not believed to be the age they say they are by social workers or immigration officials. They are then wrongly treated as adults in the asylum system, meaning they face being detained with other adults, and being removed to their own country, in breach of child protection laws. The Refugee Council works with children who are wrongly being treated as adults to secure their release from immigration detention. New figures published today show that: in the first three months of this year, six were released from detention after being found to be children, four cases are outstanding. – in 2011, 22 were released from detention after being found to be children – in 2010, 26 were released from detention after being found to be children The Refugee Council is calling on the government to end the detention of children once and for all, by ensuring safeguards are put in place to prevent unaccompanied children from being detained.

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United Kingdom

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