1. Detention of Children Survey - IDC

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* 1. Name and details of the person completing the survey.

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* 2. What work do you or does your organization do relating to the detention of children for immigration reasons?

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* 3. Can you give the number of children detained for immigration reasons for 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009? By gender, age, nationality and whether accompanied or unaccompanied?

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* 4. What is the source for the statistics? Your own count/estimate, government statistics or other sources?

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* 5. Where are children detained in your country? (Immigration detention centres; jails; other).

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* 6. Are children separated from family members in detention?

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* 7. What happens to children whose parents or guardians are detained?

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* 8. Please estimate the number of children not detained, but whose parents or other close family members, such as siblings or primary caretakers, are detained for immigration purposes.

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* 9. What release options or alternatives to detention are available for children and families?

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* 10. What are the conditions of the places where children are detained? Please address cleanliness issues; size of bedrooms/sleeping area; showers, toilets; laundry facilities; food. A rating of five indicates the best conditions and one indicates the worst.

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* 11. Do children have access to health care?

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* 12. Do children have access to mental health care?

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* 13. Do children have access to recreational activities?

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* 14. Is there an area where children can play?

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* 15. Do children receive classes?

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* 16. Who has guardianship authority over the children? Are children appointed individual guardians?

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* 17. Do children have access to a lawyer?

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* 18. Does the government perform any best interest of the child determination for the children while detained?

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* 19. Is there a child welfare authority, social worker or other professional working with or responsible for overseeing the needs/best interests of detained children? If so, who? If not, do detained children only have regular contact with guards/bureaucrats?

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* 20. Do children have access to asylum?

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* 21. How many children applied for asylum since 2006 until present? What was the resolution of those cases?

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* 22. What is the legal framework governing the detention of children?

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* 23. Can children receive legal residency under the laws of your country?

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* 24. Are there any bodies which monitor conditions of detention relating to immigration reasons – both for adults and children?

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* 25. What type of advocacy has been done on behalf of children in immigration detention? With what degree of success?

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* 26. Are there any best or better practices being used in your country in regards to children in detention or affected by immigration detention?

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* 27. Can we contact you to clarify any specific questions about the detention of children in your country or region?

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* 28. If you have any case studies, stories or quotes from children who have experienced immigration detention, please include them here, or email: research@idcoalition.org

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* 29. Would you/your organisation be willing to participate in further international research examining children in immigration?

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