Children held at an immigration detention centre face "extremely distressing" arrest and transportation procedures, and are subjected to prolonged and sometimes repeated periods of detention, according to a damning report by the Children's Commissioner.Well, yes. But that is the fault of their parents, not the government.
In a report that prompted an angry response from the UK Border Agency (UKBA), Sir Al Aynsley-Green highlighted concerns over "significant areas" of healthcare for the 1,000 children held in the Yarl's Wood centre every year.Because they won't have other causes, will they? And they will be 100% genuine, won't they?
They include a failure to assess "even at an elementary level" the general psychological wellbeing of a child on arrival and a failure to recognise psychological harm when faced with dramatic changes in a child's behaviour.
Aynsley-Green concluded that the poor care and unacceptable delays in the case of a three-year-old child with a fractured arm was symptomatic of a failure to provide a standard of NHS care that any British citizen could expect.Ummm, sorry, Sir Al, but a quick trip through the archives of any national or local newspaper would provide you with many, many examples of this sort of thing happening to British citizens…
The child had been examined by a nurse hours after a fall, but was not seen by a doctor until 15 hours later and, five hours after that, was taken to hospital.
He concluded that further work had to be done to make arrest and transportation "less distressing for and harmful to children"Such as..?
Clown cars? UKBA Officers to dress as Disney characters?
Welcoming the report, Dr Rosalyn Proops, officer for child protection at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said: "These children are among the most vulnerable in our communities and detention causes unnecessary harm to their physical and mental health. The current situation is unacceptable and we urge the government to stop the detention of children without delay."Well, of course you do.
Why not simply come right out and admit that you believe a child should be a 'get out of immigration controls free' ticket?