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Immigration detention centres:
Out of sight, out of mind?

Unless you have been detained, or you know somebody personally who is detained, you are very unlikely to ever visit an immigration detention centre, know where they are, or be able to imagine what conditions are like for people inside.

Each week during Unlocked17, Unlocking Detention will shine a spotlight on a detention centre – allowing people to share their experiences of the week's detention centre (either from being detained, or knowing or supporting someone who has) and their views on immigration detention in the UK.

The tour will be taking place through tweets, Facebook, photos, blog posts and other interactive material


Help shine a spotlight on immigration detention

find out more


Every week there will be new pieces to read from diverse authors, on many different topics relating to detention. Be informed, and help to spread the word online and in the real world out there.

Find out more - Read some background information about detention, check out the report of the parliamentary inquiry.

You can also read the Shaw Review into the welfare in detention of vulnerable persons here.

join the unlocked campaign


Use the #Unlocked17 hashtag, and follow @DetentionForum for tweets everyday about the centre that is the focus of the week, and detention in general


We’ll be sharing blog posts, articles, videos and images on Facebook so make sure you like the Unlocking Detention page to see what’s happening!


Follow @unlockingdetention and the #unlocked17 hashtag for a visual story of Unlocking Detention 2017.

get your MP involved

Get your MP involved

The first-ever parliamentary inquiry into detention called for radical reform of the detention system. Find out who your MP is here. Ask your MP to read the report, and support its recommendations for fundamental change - or tell them what you think should be done about detention.



16 Oct to 23 Oct:

Introducing Unlocked17

23 Oct to 29 Oct:

Yarl's Wood

13 Nov - 19 Nov:

The Verne

20 Nov to 26 Nov:

Campsfield House

4 Dec - 10 Dec:

Morton Hall

11 Dec to 17 Dec:


18 Dec - 22 Dec:

Conclusion of #Unlocked17

What would you miss...?

During Unlocked15, we asked people to send photo-answers to the question:

"What would you miss if you were locked up, without trial, without time-limit?"

Or, if you have been in detention: "What did you miss most when you were detained, locked up without trial, without time-limit?"

Unlocking Detention is a Detention Forum project