Children in Prison

HMYOI Wetherby: Keppel Unit updated guidance

The Keppel Unit The Keppel Unit at HM Young Offender Institution (YOI) Wetherby is a national unit for males aged 15 to 18 year with complex needs. These complex needs may include: high risk to self and/ or others physical or mental health needs learning disabilities communication needs substance misuse issues A complex needs unit […]

Children in Custody – Negative experiences underline the need for reform of YOI’s

Children in the five Young Offender Institutions (YOIs) in England and Wales are more negative about their treatment by staff, time out of cell and access to everyday essentials than those held in Secure Training Centres (STC), according to an analysis of the perceptions of their experiences in 2018-19. Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of […]

Damning Thematic Review on Separation of Children in YOI’s

Children are being held in “harmful” solitary confinement behind bars, with some let out of their cells for just 15 minutes a day, according to a damning report. The Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke has called for a “major overhaul” of the policy of separating children in young offender institutions (HMYOIs), saying this effectively […]

Child criminals are being “set up to fail” on release from custody

Child criminals are being “set up to fail” on release from custody because there is inadequate support in place to help them turn their life around, according to inspectors. The probation and prison watchdogs reviewed the support boys aged 12 to 17 received from services in their first three months after release. They followed 50 who had […]