“Positive atmosphere” at Tinsley House IRC

  • 25 May 2018 10:00

A report by independent monitors at G4S-managed Tinsley House immigration removal centre (IRC) has said that the centre has a “generally positive atmosphere” which reinforces a feeling of safety and security.

G4S Tinsley House IRC

A report by independent monitors at G4S-managed Tinsley House immigration removal centre (IRC) has said that the centre has a “generally positive atmosphere” which reinforces a feeling of safety and security. 

The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) in its annual report of the Gatwick IRC which holds 162 men under immigration laws, said that they witnessed “good relationships” between staff and detainees at the centre, which supported the “safe and secure environment”. 

The report notes that the usage of drugs and alcohol remain low at the centre and instances of use of force are very infrequent. 

Monitors praised the use of the ‘cultural kitchen’, which allows detainees a space to prepare their own meals but said that further improvements were required of the healthcare team’s engagement with detainees.
 
This report shows the dedication by my team to create a safe and secure environment for the men in our care. We work hard to foster a tranquil and supportive environment at Tinsley, which is evidenced in near absence of drugs and alcohol, as well as the rare use of force.
Sarah Newland head of Tinsley House, borders and pre-departure accommodation
Following the refurbishment of the centre in early 2017, reduced association times were introduced at the request of the Home Office. This decision was to bring Tinsley House in line with standard practice for immigration removal centres nationwide.  

Head of Tinsley House, borders and pre-departure accommodation, Sarah Newland, said: 

“This report shows the dedication by my team to create a safe and secure environment for the men in our care. We work hard to foster a tranquil and supportive environment at Tinsley, which is evidenced in near absence of drugs and alcohol, as well as the rare use of force.

“While our religious facilities have decreased, our Religious Affairs Manager has worked hard with all the affected parties to timetable a temporary solution. We are meeting with the Home Office in June to discuss a longer term plan to improve access. 

“We are working closely with the IMB and the Home Office to address the issues they have raised around access to education and have recently opened a new class room to accommodate additional classes for detainees.

“We are taking on board the feedback around healthcare and our team are working to improve relations with detainees, whose wellbeing is our upmost priority.” 
 
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