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Barnardo's statement on Cedars accommodation

Release Date: 21 Jul 2016

Our chief executive, Javed Khan, responds to the Government's planned closure of its Cedars facility, which supports families who are being returned overseas by the Home Office.

In the five years we have worked with the Home Office to support children and families through the removals process in Cedars, we are pleased that it has been described as an ‘exceptional facility’ and ‘an example of best practice in caring for some of the most vulnerable people subject to immigration control’*.”

However we do not feel that the new proposed accommodation is in the best interests of the children and have told ministers we cannot support the move. We will continue to work with the Home Office until Cedars closes.”

*Comments from the Shaw Review (see p67) published in January 2016 referencing a 2014 HMIP report.

Read the Government's statement on the planned closure of its Cedars facility here.

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