Still more to do

While the new policy did not meet all the campaign demands, no child has since been incarcerated in long-term detention for immigration purposes.

A small number of children are still detained at the end of the asylum process after their case is heard by an independent panel in Cedars Pre-Departure Accommodation in West Sussex.  

It is run by private companies G4S with welfare services provided by children’s charity Barnardos.  The “open” facility is designed as a last resort before families are removed to their countries of origin.

No child should ever be locked up

However, there are still concerns about the affect its use has on children – many are sent from Scotland on their way to their countries of origin.  A recent report by the HM Inspectorate of Prisons witnessed force being used on six families in the facility – and in one shocking case, on a pregnant woman.

Take action

You stood up against dawn raids and family detention in Scotland. It's time to stop refugee destitution. Find out more about our campaign on the Stop Destitution website