bidUKA secure childhood, encapsulated in the concept of the best interests of the child, must be a primary consideration in decisions made by administrative bodies such as the UK Border Agency according to a new report by BiD (Bail for Immigration Detainees).

In her foreward to the report, Dr Maggie Atkinson said: "We must all also appreciate that in a proportion of the cases, some of them considered in this report, the parents concerned had committed serious criminal offences. Therefore there is an argument that their presence in this country is not conducive to the public good. Where this is the case, the position of the children of the families concerned must still be considered.

"This report provides compelling evidence that, whilst there have been improvements since the UKBA decided to remove all reservations and to abide by that duty, the machinery to ensure that this happens is not yet working as it should."

Read the report in full at www.biduk.org