UK: Brook House detention centre inquiry: G4S submits evidence to committee


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Brook House detention centre inquiry: G4S submits evidence to committee
23.11.17
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G4S has submitted its evidence to the Home Affairs Committee investigation into Brook House, a detention centre run by the company in which migrants were "abused and humilitated", as revealed in September by the BBC programme Panorama.

The evidence says that six members of staff have been fired following "investigations into staff conduct shown in the broadcast," and that "specialist consultancy Verita has been commissioned to carry out an independent review to understand the extent and root causes of the treatment of detainees at Brook House."

According to G4S, the "key objective" of the multinational corporation (which is one of the largest private sector employers in the world) is "to continue to ensure that detainees are safe at Brook House."

Parliament's Home Affairs Committee launched an investigation into Brook House after the Panorama investigation revealed "endemic drug-taking (both Spice and cannabis); under-staffing; bullying amongst staff and detainees; allegations of assault, racial abuse and mocking of detainees by G4S staff, cases of self-harm and attempted suicide amongst detainees; failure to report incidents of C&R (control and restraint) or refusal to eat."

G4S has frequently been the subject of official and media attention for its role in running privatised government functions in migration detention, deportation and the criminal justice sector:

Brook House inquiry: documentation

See: Written evidence submitted by G4S (pdf) and: Brook House 3 Month Action Plan (15 September 2017, pdf), G4S-commissioned independent investigation: Draft Terms of Reference (pdf)

Brook House Immigration Removal Centre inquiry (Home Afffairs Committee, link) with further evidence and documentation related to the inquiry.

Background: G4S faces investigation over running of immigration detention centre where detainees were abused (The Independent, link)

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