Detention Centres: Sexual Offences:Written question - 161205

(Lanark and Hamilton East)
Asked on: 05 July 2018
Home Office
Detention Centres: Sexual Offences
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of rape and sexual assault have been reported at immigration detention centres since 2015; and how many women reporting those incidences have subsequently been deported.
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 11 July 2018

We expect the highest standards from those we entrust with the safety and welfare of those in detention.

Management information for the most recent period available shows that there were 25 allegations of sexual assault (which includes allegations of rape) made by detainees against staff at immigration removal centres between financial year 2014/15 (the earliest year for which data is available for the entire detention estate) and 2017/18. Of these 25 allegations, 2 were made in 2014/15, 3 in 2015/16, 6 in 2016/17 and 14 in 2017/18. This is provisional management information that is subject to change. It has not been assured to the standard of Official Statistics.

All complaints made by detainees at an immigration removal centre (IRC) are investigated by the IRC supplier in accordance with Detention Services Order 03/2015. Any allegations of serious misconduct made by a detainee against staff at an IRC are also referred to the Home Office Professional Standards Unit for investigation. Where a detainee, or someone on behalf of a detainee, alleges that a member of staff has committed a sexual offence against them the police will automatically be notified, even if the detainee does not wish the matter to be reported or to make a formal complaint.

Information on the number of women who have been deported or administratively removed following an allegation of sexual abuse or rape while in detention is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

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