The Medical Foundation today welcomed Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg's announcement which sets a timeline for a long overdue end to the detention of children for immigration purposes. While commending the government's commitment and efforts by the UK Border Agency to identify alternatives, the MF does however still have concerns about the protection of children and families' rights in some of the plans that are currently being piloted.
Children and young people
Legislation to protect vulnerable children must be implemented without delayNews - 7 July, 2008
Proposed legislation that would safeguard and promote the welfare of torture surviving children has been welcomed by the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture (MF), which says the law should be enacted without delay.
Exhibition brings children's stories of hardship and survival to lifeNews - 3 August, 2007
Children as young as eight who lived through detention and refugee camps in some of the world's war stricken countries are contributing to a unique project that will highlight how the MF is helping to rehabilitate torture survivors.
MF Clients tell House of Lords The Truth About the Asylum ProcessNews - 17 July, 2007
Several young Medical Foundation clients have attended the House of Lords to give a first hand account of the difficulties they encountered as adolescents trying to claim asylum in Britain.
MF Warns Asylum Child Care Reforms Could Be DamagingNews - 8 June, 2007
Far-reaching Home Office changes to the way in which unaccompanied child and adolescent asylum seekers are looked after could damage young torture victims, the MF warns.
Torture survivors' charity slams children's asylum proposalsNews - 1 March, 2007
Proposed Home Office reforms for looking after unaccompanied minors are a cost saving exercise that betray Government undertakings on child welfare, says MF.
Home Office Unaccompanied Child Reform ProgramNews - 17 May, 2006
In January, the Home Office "incidentally" announced a major change to the asylum decision making process and the support of unaccompanied children. ...
Children's Commissioner for England, Prof Al Aynsley-Green visited the Medical Foundation and spoke of his concern for young asylum seekers
Murdered Doctor Championed Teen RefugeesNews - 18 September, 2004
The Medical Foundation offers deepest condolences to the family of Dr Derek Robinson and his wife Jean, murdered at their north London home on September 17.
Refugees in 'double jeopardy' from racism, xenophobiaNews - 12 July, 2000
Discrimination that may range from subtle hostility through to outright rejection and xenophobia is helping to marginalise refugee health care, warns one of Britain's leading family therapists.
The Home Secretary has given an assurance that the Government will not deduct from asylum seekers' allowance the value of toys that charities provide for their children. The problem remains that the Government defines toys as not an "essential living need".