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Inspector commends Home Office commitment to safeguarding vulnerable adults


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A newly published report by the immigration inspector deals with the Home Office approach to vulnerable adults. It is heavy on management-speak, being mostly concerned with internal processes and structures. These are important, of course, as evidenced by the case study of the South African man whose file was only flagged with “Threat of Self-Harm” a week after he had taken his own life. But the issues raised in the report are, I daresay, more relevant to civil servants than those working with migrants in the legal or NGO sectors.

The headline is that the department takes this work seriously but could do better:

Senior management is serious in its intention to improve the protection it provides to vulnerable people… more systematic partnering might move its work on vulnerability forward at a quicker pace and with fewer missteps.

The Home Office has accepted all four recommendations made in the report.

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CJ McKinney

CJ McKinney

CJ McKinney is a specialist on immigration law and policy. Formerly the editor of Free Movement, you will find a lot of articles by CJ here on this website! Twitter: @mckinneytweets.