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Immigration: Children

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th July 2013.

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Photo of Lord Hylton Lord Hylton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they take to ensure that Home Office staff always complete a Family Welfare Form when parents are separated from their children by immigration detention.

Photo of Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lord Taylor of Holbeach The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

There are internal Home Office quality assurance procedures in place which ensure that the family welfare form is opened when a family enters the family returns process and is updated fully following every interaction with the family. A child will not be separated from their parent(s) without a completed family welfare form first being quality assured by an assistant director and then presented to the independent family returns panel for advice.

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