In a report into the detention of children subject to immigration control, the children's commissioner for England, Sir Al Aynsley-Green, has warned that children find Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre, in Bedfordshire, "like being in prison". He has set out a series of recommendations to end child detention, particularly stressing the importance community-based alternatives.
Amanda Shah, of Bail for Immigration Detainees, a charity which helps represent families in Yarl's Wood, said: "The trauma experienced by children in detention comes across very strongly in this report.
"They describe being transported in caged, urine-soaked vans, separated from parents and not being allowed to go to the toilet. There is no proper provision to deal with their psychological distress, directly caused by the government's detention policies."
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