children in prison

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 […]

HMYOI WETHERBY & KEPPEL – Reasonably good or better in all inspection assessments

HMYOI Wetherby – a young offender institution (YOI) in Yorkshire, including the specialist Keppel unit for the most challenging children – continued to be a well-led establishment, inspectors found. Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, said that in 2018 inspectors had “found an institution that was progressing well, and was achieving reasonably good or […]

HMYOI Feltham Children’s Unit: Deterioration in Safety and Care after Period of Drift

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Safety and care in the children’s unit at HMYOI Feltham A in west London were found in 2019 to have deteriorated over the year since the previous inspection. Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, said the young offender institution appeared to have suffered some “drift” during a period without a governor. […]

HMYOI Werrington – Safety concerns but improvements in education and resettlement

Safety had deteriorated at HMYOI Werrington, but it was positive in other areas, said Martin Lomas, Deputy Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the young offender institution near Stoke-on-Trent. HMYOI Werrington can hold up to 142 boys aged between 15 and 18. At the time of the […]

Replace child prisons with small units to cut reoffending says new report

Replacing large children’s prisons with smaller units could boost Justice Secretary Michael Gove’s attempts to reduce reoffending rates, a report suggests. Detainees in young offenders’ institutions are more likely to suffer violence and longer periods in isolation, it was claimed. Youngsters can also be locked up in secure training centres and secure children’s homes. The […]

INQUEST response to the YJB Child Deaths Report

INQUEST response to Youth Justice Board report on deaths of children in custody Deborah Coles, co-director of INQUEST said: “Whilst this report offers some insight into the Board’s learning from child deaths, it can be no substitute for a wider review. “INQUEST’s work on the deaths of children shows the same issues of concern repeat […]