Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre

Home Department written question – answered on 14th July 2014.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Liberal Democrat, Brent Central

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department

(1) what assessment she has made of the appropriateness of the current number of female officers in Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre;

(2) what steps she is taking to ensure that women in Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre on suicide watch are only supervised by female officers;

(3) if she will take steps to ensure that women detained in Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre can obtain feminine hygiene products without contact with male guards.

Photo of Karen Bradley Karen Bradley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Home Office and its service providers comply with all relevant employment legislation. The service provider for Yarl's Wood immigration removal centre, Serco, is required under their contract to employ sufficient female officers to enable appropriate searching and security arrangements for female detainees. Yarl's Wood IRC has 52% male detainee custody officers and 48% female.

Assessment Care in Detention and Teamwork (ACDT) is the system used for monitoring individuals considered to be at risk of self harm and operates within the broader context of decency, safety, and the concept of a healthy centre.

ACDT requires centre managers to appoint trained assessors and named case managers in order to provide individualised care to detainees based on their particular needs. A female assessor or case manager should be appointed where it is appropriate but that is not a requirement.

Feminine hygiene items are freely available to residents. Access to these is not monitored by staff.

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