Tinsley House IRC 2019 annual report published

IMB asks the Home Secretary to consider the introduction of a statutory limit on the time spent in immigration detention in order to protect detainees’ mental health and to reconsider the scope of publicly funded legal advice to enable detainees adequately to challenge their detention.

The Tinsley House Immigration Removal Centre Independent Monitoring Board today publishes its annual report for 2019. The Board is made up of a team of volunteers who visit regularly. Their report describes much good work that is done to care for and support those who are held at the centre prior to their removal from the UK or release back into the community. It also raises some concerns and makes recommendations for improvement.

In its report the IMB concludes that in the main detainees are treated fairly and humanely at Tinsley House It however raises the following concern:

  • Vulnerable detainees who are at risk of self-harm and suicide are likely to experience a further decline in mental health due to the unknown period of time for which they are detained. The Board asks the Secretary of State to consider the introduction of a statutory limit on the time that can be spent in immigration detention.
  • The Board seeks a reconsideration of the scope of publicly funded legal advice and assistance available to detainees to enable them adequately to challenge their continuing detention.