Detention Monitoring

Bimonthly meeting for those working in and on detention 

Our Director chairs the Detention Monitoring Group, a meeting of civil society organisations (visitors groups, detention NGOs, and others working in or on detention issues). 

Meetings are currently taking place online, usually on the second Tuesday of every second month. They provide a space for groups to share common experiences of working in detention centres and supporting people in detention. We work together to gather evidence on the realities of life in detention. Common concerns, issues and solutions are explored. Guest speakers and workshops help us stay up to date the latest developments in detention policy and practice. Recent guest speakers have included Public Law Project, Immigration Law Practitioners Association, and Hibiscus Initiatives, exploring topics like legal advice in detention, healthcare, and access to detention centres. 

Meetings are open to anyone working in support of people in detention, and all are welcome, although organisations are asked to agree to our terms of reference beforehand. Please contact Ali McGinley for for more information or to find out more about the group. 

AVID produces regular information briefings about the use of detention in the UK, working to raise awareness of detention policy and its impact. 

The Detention Monitor

Through our quarterly newsletter The Detention Monitor, we provide regular information and updates to our members as well as others interested in news and developments in detention policy and practice. The Detention Monitor also includes news from member organisations, case law updates, parliamentary monitoring and much more. Over the years our newsletter has become relied upon as the only comprehensive monthly detention digest, reaching well over 700 people each month. Sign up to receive the newsletter here

"[The Detention Monitor] is a very useful resource for our visitors, and office staff find statistical updates particularly useful when giving talks and producing our own information materials. Without high quality and reliable information, it is very difficult to engage anyone with your arguments"

Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group 

Statistical bulletins

Given the size and scale of detention in the UK, it is difficult to find accurate information in a digestable format, and to monitor changes. AVID produces regular briefings on the use of detention, based on the official Home Office statistics, and monitors the use and expansion over time. These can be accessed on our detention facts and figures page.

Information briefings

AVID produces reports, responds to consultations on key areas of concern and publishes briefings. These can be accessed at our publications page

Tailored information for our members

Our dedicated online members area and google group discussion forum offers visitors groups the opportunity to share information, ideas and best practice, and access a range of resources.