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Tom Sanderson is a freelance researcher, and volunteer campaigner with End Child Detention Now. He currently works at the Centre for Investigative Journalism.

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

How children’s charity Barnardo’s locks up kids with Guantánamo contractor G4S

Britain’s leading children’s charity helps the world’s biggest security company lock up children who have committed no crime.

Boy locked up for months in adult immigration jail

Child detention goes on in the UK regardless of government claims to have ended it. 

G4S uses ‘unacceptable’ force on pregnant detainee at UK family detention centre

HM Inspectorate of Prisons report finds that G4S security staff at a UK Border Agency detention facility “deserve great credit”, despite unacceptable use of force on pregnant detainee.

Coalition promise in tatters as Home Office 'independent' panel wants more children detained

The Coalition government promised to end child detention for immigration purposes, and appointed an 'independent' panel to protect children caught up in the asylum system. That Panel's first annual report rightly exposes a commercial contractor's ineptitude — and unwittingly reveals its own capture by the Border Agency.

Illuminating the UK’s lethal detention and deportation conditions

Public interest groups challenge immigration authorities' hazardous policy and practice.

Selling the state: the 'unethical' companies taking over UK public services

Some of the companies moving in on the British public sector are among the most unethical in the country. Of these, those entrusted with the care of asylum seekers rank with the very worst.
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