Self-Harm in Immigration Detention January Through March 2015

19% Increase in Suicide Attempts of Immigration Detainees Q1/2015

There were 70 suicide attempts in Harmondsworth IRC, January through March 2015, a 311% increase over the previous quarter October through December 2014 in which their were 17.

Yarl’s Wood recorded 26 attempts 5 more than the last quarter of 2014, one individual made more than one attempt but UKHO would not specify the number of attempts.

In Total there were 160 recorded incidents of Self-Harm requiring medical attention. Continue reading “Self-Harm in Immigration Detention January Through March 2015”

Will your MP sign EDM 130: Yarl’s Wood

YarlswoodEarly Day Motion 130: Yarl’s Wood IRC
That this House notes the work of and problems in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre, and especially the poor treatment of women detainees by Serco; is concerned that despite this, Serco’s contract has been renewed; calls on the Home Secretary to reassess the entire detention process so that radical changes to the current system can be made; and urges her to seek alternative solutions to end the practice of detention before deportation.
Sponsor: Osamor, Kate House of Commons: <> 15.06.2015

Release ‘critical’ reports into privately run immigration centres, ICO orders

 Harmondsworth immigration removal centre near Heathrow, west London. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images.


Potentially damaging reports into the running of two immigration detention centres by private contractors must be released by the Home Office within weeks, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has said.

The documents will give detailed breakdowns and insight into the running of Harmondsworth, Britain’s largest immigration detention centre, and Colnbrook, both near Heathrow in west London.

Read the full report here:


Compass: Safeguarding Children from Destitution:

2015 June 18BASW: Local Authority Responses to Families with ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’

Implications for policy and practice: There is a range of steps which could be considered to address this situation.
The use of the ‘No recourse to public funds’ restriction as a means of immigration control – whether it is necessary and proportionate or alternatives could be deployed – is beyond the scope of this study. We suggest only that our findings should be taken into account in any review of the extent to which the NRPF restriction is used, not least for people who will be in the UK for long periods, recognising the implications for children in the small minority of families that become destitute and financial consequences for local authorities. Continue reading “Compass: Safeguarding Children from Destitution:”