Report: 30% kids in detention with mental health disorders

A HUMAN Rights Commission inquiry into children in immigration detention has called for a royal commission into the practice, and what can be done to help those who have suffered as a result.

The long-awaited report, which was completed late last year and released by the Federal Government this evening, has found more than a third of children in detention in the first half of 2014 were assessed as having serious mental health disorders.

The report recommends a royal commision be set up to examine "the long-term impacts of detention on the physical and mental health of children in immigration detention."

It would also investigate "reasons for continued use of this policy since 1992, including offshore detention and processing" and "remedies for any breaches of the rights of children that have been detained".

The report also recommends that all children and their families in detention in Australia and on Nauru be released into the Australian community within the next four weeks and that all detention facilities on Christmas Island be closed.

Read more at ABC News.

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