Professor Karen Broadhurst spoke with Radio 4 Today Programme. With a 136% increase in cases over a ten-year period, and large variations in the proceedings at birth based on region, Professor Broadhurst is keen "to place data in the public domain" in order to help address long-standing concerns.
A timely new paper has been published in the British Medical Journal Paediatrics Open written by Dr Laura C N Wood, a paediatrician at the CFJ researching the health of forced migrant children in care. Using the recent US government’s ‘zero tolerance’ approach to illegal immigration that included splitting over 2,300 children from their parents at the US-Mexico border as a case example, this review provides a structure to consider the child health risks of such policies including damaged attachment relationships, developmental trauma, toxic stress and wider detrimental impacts on immigrant communities. It concludes with a call for post-migration policies that promote family unification, resilience, recovery and an end to all forms of child immigration detention.
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