The Shaw review on the welfare of vulnerable persons in detention was published on 14 January and has 64 recommendations. This is a key indictment of the need for reform in the detention sector, which is the largest in Europe and we remain the only European country that regularly detains vulnerable people indefinitely, without any judicial oversight.
The recommendations do address some but not all of these issues. Click here for a summary of the Shaw Review recommendations and here for the full review. The Government’s response, through a written ministerial statement can be found here. “The Government expects these reforms, and broader changes in legislation, policy and operational approaches, to lead to a reduction in the number of those detained, and the duration of detention before removal, in turn improving the welfare of those detained.”
We welcome the refugee sector responses to the Shaw review. These include comments from The Refugee Council, Women for Refugee Women, Rene Cassin, Freedom from Torture and Detention Action.
In addition, Serco which runs services at Yarlswood, has also published its internal review which was begun following allegations of mistreatment by staff last March.
A summary of key comments from the detention debate in Parliament can be found here.