The following is the Taskforce’s submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission Inquiry into Children in Immigration detention.
Coordination of service delivery under the Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minors (UHM) programme has recently changed in the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). The UHM programme provides care and supervision services to UHMs. UHMs are unaccompanied minors (people under 18 years of age who arrive in Australia without a natural parent, a relative who is 21 years of age or older, or a legal guardian) who have received Australia’s protection while overseas or after having arrived in Australia.
As of 7 November 2013, a centralised team based in Victoria – the UHM SDN team – now performs the role which was previously performed by state and territory settlement staff who have moved to the Department of Social Services. You can contact a member of the UHM SDN team through the avenues listed below.
The Australian Human Rights Commission is currently conducting a national inquiry into the over 1,000 children who are currently in immigration detention in Australia.
As part of this Inquiry we want to hear from as many people as possible. We want to hear about what it’s like for children in immigration detention.
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The following is a pdf of Scott Morrison’s Response to the Taskforce’s All the Lonely Children document.