G4S youth jail beset by violence, vandalism and weapons, report finds – The Guardian

Posted November 22nd, 2017 in contracting out, news, reports, secure training centres, violence, young offenders by sally

‘Surging levels of violence at an “unsafe” G4S-run youth jail have put staff in hospital and caused inmates to carry improvised weapons for their safety, inspectors have revealed.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Thousands of young people injured after being ‘restrained’ by officers – The Independent

‘Thousands of children and teenagers have been injured while being physically restrained in secure facilities, new figures have shown. Ministers have been urged to rethink heavy-handed techniques for restraining minors after official statistics revealed there have been more than 4,800 cases since 2010 where young people were hurt by being pinned down by officials.’

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The Independent, 13th November 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Prisons inspector warns of ‘staggering’ decline in safety at youth jails – The Guardian

‘There has been a “staggering” decline in standards and safety at youth jails in England and Wales, the chief inspector of prisons has said.’

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The Guardian, 18th July 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Boy’s confinement ‘breached human rights’ – BBC News

‘The human rights of a 16-year-old boy were breached by his being kept in solitary confinement for four-and-a-half months, the High Court has ruled.’

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BBC News, 4th July 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Medway youth jail rated inadequate by Ofsted inspectors – The Guardian

Posted June 14th, 2017 in news, secure training centres, young offenders by tracey

‘A scandal-hit youth jail has been rated inadequate with a quarter of its children saying they had felt unsafe despite its management being taken back into the public sector, inspectors have found.’

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The Guardian, 13th June 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Young offenders confined to cells in prison officers’ protest – The Guardian

‘Staff at a young offenders institute are refusing to let 300 prisoners out of their cells following a sharp rise in violence at the facility.’

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The Guardian, 17th February 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Youth jails should be replaced by secure schools, finds review – The Guardian

Posted February 9th, 2016 in detention, education, news, reports, secure training centres, young offenders by sally

‘The notorious Medway youth jail and other privately run secure training centres and state-run young offender institutions should be replaced by a new network of small “secure schools”, according to the findings of an official review set up by the justice secretary, Michael Gove.’

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The Guardian, 9th February 2016

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Care officers subjected youngsters to ‘degrading treatment, racist comments’ – Daily Telegraph

‘Care officers at a secure detention centre for young offenders were found to be taking drugs at work, smuggling in “inappropriate” DVDs as Ofsted rates them inadequate.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th May 2015

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

‘Secure college’ plans for young offenders revealed – BBC News

‘Plans to build the first “secure college” for young criminals in England and Wales have been confirmed by ministers.’

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BBC News, 17th January 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Broken arms and strip-searches revealed in damning boys’ jail report – The Independent

“Two children at a privately-run Young Offenders Institution had their arms broken by staff last year during routine strip searches, a report by the Prison Inspectorate has revealed.”

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The Independent, 4th June 2013

Source: www.independent.co.uk

New National Standards for youth justice services – Youth Justice Board

Posted April 4th, 2013 in care homes, news, regulations, secure training centres, young persons by sally

“New National Standards for Youth Justice Services have been launched.”

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Youth Justice Board, 3rd April 2013

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Regina (Children’s Rights Alliance for England) v Secretary of State for Justice (Equality and Human Rights Commission intervening) – WLR Daily

Regina (Children’s Rights Alliance for England) v Secretary of State for Justice (Equality and Human Rights Commission intervening) [2013] EWCA Civ 34; [2013] WLR (D) 57

The constitutional right of access to the courts was properly to be understood as a duty owed by the state not to place obstacles in the way of access to justice, and did not entail a positive duty to seek out and notify individuals with potential claims against the state; nor was there anything in the Strasbourg jurisprudence on articles 3, 6 and 8 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms to justify the imposition of such a duty.

WLR Daily, 6th February 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Youth restraint challenge rejected by High Court – UK Human Rights

Posted January 17th, 2012 in news, restraint, secure training centres, victims, young offenders by sally

“Although certain restraining measures had been taken unlawfully against young people in secure training centres for a number of years, the court had no jurisdiction to grant an order that the victims of this activity be identified and advised of their rights.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 16th January 2012

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Unlawful restraint widespread in child jails for a decade, says judge – The Guardian

“The unlawful use of restraint was widespread in privately run child jails in Britain for at least a decade, a high court judge has ruled for the first time.”

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The Guardian, 12th January 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ken Clarke faces legal challenge to trace victims of ‘brutality’ in child jails – The Guardian

Posted February 15th, 2011 in children, news, restraint, secure training centres by sally

“A high court challenge has been launched over the Ministry of Justice’s refusal to identify hundreds of children who have been unlawfully restrained in privately run child jails using techniques that have since been banned.”

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The Guardian, 15th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Unlawful restraint ‘contributed to death of boy in custody’ – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2011 in death in custody, news, restraint, secure training centres by sally

“Inquest jury finds serious system failure at secure training centre where Adam Rickwood, 14, killed himself.”

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The Guardian, 27th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Regina (C) v Secretary of State for Justice – Times Law Reports

Regina (C) v Secretary of State for Justice

Court of Appeal

“Secondary legislation laid before Parliament three weeks after a report sent by the Youth Justice Board to the directors of privatised secure training centres holding children, following two deaths in custody, was quashed as procedurally flawed and in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights.”

The Times, 14th October 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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