TWO guards have been sacked for “sexual activity” with a female detainee at a UK immigration detention centre.
Two males were fired due to “inappropriate behaviour” with a detainee at Yarl’s Wood in Bedford.
A female guard was also sacked for failing to alert superiors to the guards’ inappropriate behaviour when the detainee reported the incident.
HM Chief Inspector of Prisons Nick Hardwick has backed the sackings of the three staff members.
“Some of the findings of this inspection are shocking”
Refugee Council officer Anna Musgrave
He said: “We were concerned to find that two staff had engaged in sexual activity with a female detainee, something that can never be less than abusive given the vulnerability of the detained population, and these staff had rightly been dismissed.
“Yarl’s Wood still holds detainees in the middle of a distressing and difficult experience and more thought needs to be given to meeting their emotional and practical needs.
“For the most vulnerable of the women held, the decision to detain itself appears much too casual.”
Inspectors have concluded the centre, which houses mostly single adult women, needs more female staff.
Refugee Council women’s advocacy and influencing officer Anna Musgrave said: “Some of the findings of this inspection are shocking.
“Women in immigration detention are extremely vulnerable, with many likely to be victims of gender-based violence, so we’re horrified to hear that male officers enter women’s rooms without permission.”
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