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At Yarl's Wood IRC, Serco is committed to caring for residents with dignity and respect
Serco is committed to developing Yarl's Wood IRC into a centre for detaining females, families and children in a safe and secure environment


working with governments to reduce crime and reoffending, control immigration and prevent terrorism

Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre

Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre (IRC), Bedfordshire, is the main IRC for women and families. It opened in 2001, with Serco operating the contract since April 2007.

The centre holds a maximum of 410 residents, including 304 single women's spaces, 68 family spaces and 38 male spaces.  Rooms in the family unit are twin-bedded and interconnected in pairs to allow families to be located together.  Decency and respect is at the centre of Serco's agenda in looking after residents.

We care for our residents with the support of a variety of specialist and innovative services, including:

  • a comprehensive range of welfare services
  • dedicated healthcare team including GPs, Nurses, Health Visitors, Midwives, Dentists and Counsellors.
  • faith and cultural provision
  • educational and recreational activities

Activities for our residents include; a well-stocked library, an active sports programme, arts and crafts and computer rooms to enable development of IT skills.  The Centre focusses its regime around the promotion of a community atmosphere and many of the services we supply replicate those you would find in any small village, i.e. shop, salon, cafe.

At Yarl's Wood, Serco (an international service company) delivers services on behalf of Home Office Immigration Enforcement.

Since taking over the contract in April 2007, Serco has made many improvements to the Centre, promoting a relaxed, open community atmosphere.

Serco promotes positive relationships with stakeholders across a broad range of statutory and voluntary organisations both locally in Bedfordshire and nationally.  We work with them to deliver quality services which mirror those in the community.

We are subject to scrutiny by a variety of independent bodies, such as the Care Quality Commission, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons and the Independent Monitoring Board.

Contact Details:

Centre Manager: Norman Abusin
Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre
Twinwoods Business Park
Thurleigh Road
Milton Ernest
MK44 1FD
Tel: 01234 821000
SatNav Postcode MK44 2FQ.

For further information regarding visits, please visit www.yarlswood.co.uk

Yarl's Wood Investigation

Independent investigation by Kate Lampard on Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre:


Report findings, statement and action plan:


Kate Lampard report  - Kate Lampard’s independent investigation into Yarl’s Wood


Kate Lampard statement


Serco Statement


Serco actions in response to recommendations of Kate Lampard report


Recent inspection by HMCIP of Yarl’s Wood


Terms of Reference


Last Updated: 14 Jan 2016