Children agreement ‘not being honoured’

Unison has accused the Home Office of ignoring an agreement that is meant to protect the children of failed asylum seekers in

The union said immigration officials had separated children from their parents during recent early morning raids in Glasgow to remove failed asylum seekers, breaching an agreement between the Home Office and the Scottish executive.

In March, Scotland’s first minister, Jack McConnell, said he had brokered a deal with UK immigration minister Tony McNulty to ensure children were sensitively treated and families kept together.

Each child would also have a lead professional appointed to meet their needs, but Unison’s Scottish secretary, Matt Smith, said this was not happening.

An executive spokesperson said removals would be inspected to ensure children were being treated in accordance with the agreement.



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