Vulnerable people in detention after Shaw

In January 2016, following the Shaw Review into the Welfare in Detention of Vulnerable Persons, the Government made a commitment to Parliament to ‘safeguard the most vulnerable’, with a ‘clear presumption that people who are at risk should not be detained’. More than one year on, Detention Action continues to see vulnerable people held in detention on a daily basis. There is little evidence that the Home Office’s new policy on Adults at Risk, published in September 2016, has marked a significant shift away from the detention of vulnerable people. The Government must do much more to ensure that its policy and practice address the pressing concerns highlighted in the Shaw Review.