UK Covid policy for children in detention ‘cruel and inhumane’, says UN expert

Posted by on October 27, 2020 3:30 am
Categories: Global Stories

Solitary confinement to stop virus spread increases risk of self-harm and suicide and could have a lifelong impact, M0J warned

The UK government’s policy of allowing children in detention to be locked alone in their cells for up to 23 hours a day under emergency Covid-19 measures is “extreme and inhumane” and could lead to lifelong mental health damage, according to the UN special rapporteur on torture and leading child health experts.

Since March, facilities have been able to keep children as young as 12 confined alone in their cells for all but around 40 minutes a day. The measures, which were put in place to stop potential Covid-19 outbreaks, affect around 500 under 18-year-olds in youth detention and another 4,000 18-21-year-olds held in adult prisons.

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