Government scrap their pledge to end child detention

The Government has been accused of quietly ditching its policy of ending child detention (in prison-style immigration centres) after it announced the closure of Cedars – accommodation for families being removed from the UK.

Cedars accommodation run by Barnardos - a "child-friendly detention centre"

Cedars accommodation run by Barnardos – a “child-friendly detention centre”

On the final day of parliament before summer recess, Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill put out a low-key written statement announcing the closure of the Cedars accommodation and its transfer of families to Tinsley House, a secure, chain-link-fenced immigration removal centre run by G4S.

Tinsley House run by G4S - a "not so child-friendly Immigration Removal Centre"

Tinsley House run by G4S – a “not so child-friendly Immigration Removal Centre”

Cedars was only built in 2011 as part of the Coalition government’s pledge to end child detention.

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