On Monday 27 April 2009, England’s Children’s Commissioner, Sir Albert Aynsley-Green, published a report on the arrest and detention of children subject to immigration control. The Children’s Commissioner is a non-departmental public body, which is responsible for ensuring compliance by the State with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in England. Last year the UK lifted its reservation to the UNCRC relating to children subject to immigration control.

The Commissioner describes the government’s policy of holding about 2,000 children a year in removal centres as "harmful to their health and well-being". He calls for detention to be used as a last-resort and for the shortest possible time and for the provision of community-based alternatives to detention. He also underlines the need for more transparent and fair decision-making in the detention process.
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