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posted by Lauren Odgers, Oct 23, 2014
The treatment of children in detention centres has been a political topic of debate for some time. Lauren Odgers says the Government needs to prioritise the physical and emotional wellbeing of children over finances and petition for votes.
Children seeking asylum ending up in detention centres with or without their parents, as well as the conditions of detention centres have been issues of contention for some time. There is extensive literature to support the suggestion of poor living conditions for adults and children in detention centres. Children being detained in detention centres is not right; this is a breach of their human rights, and being vulnerable already due to their age combined with the conditions they are forced to exist in results in extremely poor outcomes for them.
This year we have seen a national inquiry into children in immigration detention. There is mounting evidence to suggest children experience detrimental impacts as a result of their time in detention. Some of these include anxiety, depression, self-harming, developmental issues, decreased physical health, decreased education opportunities etc (AASW, 2014; Corlett et al., 2012).
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