The Millbank Pilot was a missed opportunity to find out which factors help and hinder sustainable solutions for families at the end of the asylum process. The aims should have been clear at the outset and the evaluation method fully worked out.
The design of the project was flawed. In particular two things stand out.
The first is the element of coercion for families taking part. It has been demonstrated that coercion does not work when dealing with families in crisis by national and international schemes established to work with families refused asylum.
The second major flaw was the confusion about referrals, which led to inappropriate referrals, and appeared to make the job of those running the pilot virtually impossible Continue reading “An evaluative report on the Millbank Alternative to Detention Pilot”