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Sadness and fear: The experiences of children and families in remote Australian immigration detention

Mares, Sarah P. and Zwi, Karen (2015). Sadness and fear: The experiences of children and families in remote Australian immigration detention. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health,51(7):663-669.

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IRMA ID 75039815xPUB976
Title Sadness and fear: The experiences of children and families in remote Australian immigration detention
Author Mares, Sarah P.
Zwi, Karen
Journal Name Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 51
Issue Number 7
ISSN 1034-4810   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84934290385
Start Page 663
End Page 669
Total Pages 7
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Field of Research MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract In March 2014 we spent a week on Christmas Island as consultants to the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)
Inquiry into the Impact of Immigration Detention on Children. We were accompanied by three AHRC staff. We had extensive access to detained families and children and conducted semi-structured and informal interviews with 230 people as individuals or in family or other groups. We met with staff of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and ‘service providers’ including Serco, the multinational corporation that runs the detention facilities, International Health and Medical Service (IHMS) and the non-governmental organisation providing activities for unaccompanied children (Maximus). DIBP staff were present at all meetings except those with detainees. We used official interpreters for the majority of interviews but occasionally used other asylum seekers, including children to translate. The AHRC provided two debriefing sessions following our return. A report, ‘The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention’ was released by the AHRC to the Australian Government in November 2014, with public release in March 2015. In a separate paper, we focus on the unaccompanied children and younpeople detained in Immigration facilities on Christmas Island.

DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jpc.12954   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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