OASW Endorses Statement Against the Immigration Detention of Children

OASW has endorsed a “Statement Against the Immigration Detention of Children”. While a national issue, the Association has in the past supported issues involving immigrant children and refugee claimants not receiving health care coverage.  These are tragic situations, and social work needs to add its voice. Canada’s current practice contravenes its domestic and international legal obligations, and multiple studies confirm the negative consequences of immigration detention.  In fact, in 2015, the UN Human Rights Committee criticized Canada’s record on immigration detention where between 2010 and 2014, an average of over 242 children per year were detained.  Organizations supporting the Statement include The College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies, the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law & Department of Pediatrics, and the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth Ontario. OASW’s name and logo will be added to the Statement.

About OASW
OASW is the voice of social work in Ontario. It is a voluntary, provincial, non-profit association representing approximately 5,200 social workers. All practicing members have a university degree in social work at the bachelor's, master's or doctoral level. OASW works actively to speak on behalf of social workers and advocate for the improvement of social policies and programs directly affecting social work practice and client groups served.