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Statement on use of pre-departure accommodation

Release Date: 16 Apr 2012

A Barnardo's spokesperson said:

When Barnardo’s decided to provide the welfare and care services at Cedars pre-departure accommodation, we also committed to speaking out if the level of force used with a family on route to or from the PDA was disproportionate to family circumstance.

An investigation by the UKBA’s Professional Standards Unit into allegations surrounding the actions of the Reliance removal team has found that inappropriate force had been used in regards to a particular individual after their departure from Cedars.

We have raised our concerns about this directly with the Minister and have asked them to ensure that Reliance addressed their member of staff’s conduct and that Reliance’s procedures are tightened so that this type of incident does not occur again.”

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