Operation Paladin Child

Home Department written question – answered on 6th April 2005.

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Photo of Mr Hilton Dawson Mr Hilton Dawson Labour, Lancaster and Wyre

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he is taking to address the issues raised by Operation Paladin Child.

Photo of Des Browne Des Browne Minister of State (Citizenship, Immigration and Counter-Terrorism), Home Office, Minister of State (Home Office) (Citizenship, Immigration and Nationality)

holding answer 5 April 2005

Since publication of the report we have made significant progress. In particular the Immigration and Nationality Directorate's (IND) Children's Taskforce is tackling a number of the recommendations. These include:

The provision of guidance to staff on identifying and dealing with children in need.

Developing processes for working with other agencies on child protection issues

The provision of specialist training for IND staff

Identifying ways to improve information received from abroad

Child Protection Officers are now based at Heathrow airport and both Child Protection Officers and Social Service staff are based at the Croydon Asylum Screening Unit to ensure a more joined up approach. The UK Immigration Service with the Department for Transport (DfT) is also setting up a voluntary code of practice to be followed by airlines when carrying children who are either unaccompanied or travelling with an adult who is not a family member.

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