Unaccompanied children held for ‘far too long’ at intake unit and some sent to adult centres, say inspectors

Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children are waiting “far too long” at a Kent intake unit, receiving inadequate welfare interviews and, in some cases, being mistakenly sent to adult detention facilities, inspectors have found.

In a report from an unannounced inspection last month, HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) found that unaccompanied children were being held at the Kent Intake Unit (KIU), for 17 hours on average and often overnight with unrelated adults in a “cramped” facility that had no proper sleeping facilities.

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