Sunday, December 21, 2008

Major concerns raised over asylum seekers leaving infants alone

The fears are outlined in a series of inspection reports into reception centres, operated on behalf of the Department of Justice by private contractors.

The reports show that the practice of leaving children, some of whom are just a few months old, alone in their room is widespread at the asylum-seeker complexes.

The inspections, copies of which have been released under the Freedom of Information Act to the Sunday Tribune, are carried out routinely to ensure the standard of lodgings is up to scratch.

However, while strict rules exist for the proprietors of the premises on fire safety, food safety and the standard of bedrooms, other rules regarding behaviour of residents are proving far more difficult to enforce.

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