IMPACT

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WHAT IMPACT DOES DETENTION HAVE ON CHILDREN? Regardless of the conditions in which children are held, studies show that detention has a profound and negative impact on child health and development. Even very short periods of detention can undermine child psychological and physical well-being, and compromise their cognitive development. Children held in detention are at risk of suffering depression and anxiety, and frequently exhibit symptoms consistent with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) such as insomnia, and nightmares. Feelings of hopelessness and frustration can manifest as acts of violence against themselves or others.

 

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WHAT IMPACT DOES DETENTION HAVE ON FAMILIES? Sometimes children are detained due to their parents’ migration status or because states believe it is in the best interests of the child to keep children with their parents in immigration detention. This is in conflict with a child’s right to liberty, and may also contravene a child’s individual right to seek asylum. However, the best interests of the child are also not served when parents or guardians are detained and their children transferred to an alternative care system. The separation of children from their parents or guardians for such reasons is in conflict with the rights of the child and erodes the functioning of families.

 

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