About us

The IFRP provides independent advice to the Home Office on how best to safeguard children’s welfare during a family’s enforced return.

Our responsibilities

The Independent Family Returns Panel consists of medical and child safeguarding experts, and helps ensure that individual family return plans take full account of the welfare of the children involved.

The panel also maintains an overview of the handling of families who are denied entry to the UK at the border to ensure that detention in such cases is kept to a minimum.

Decisions as to whether a family is removed from the UK still rest with the Home Office and the independent courts. It is not a function of the Panel to endorse or reconsider these decisions.