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Seven members of staff at a facility for young offenders run by security group G4S have been suspended amid allegations of abuse and mistreatment of youngsters. Police in Kent are also understood to have been alerted to the claims of "unnecessary use of force and the use of improper language"…
Fewer young people entering the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland has been highlighted as the primary achievement of the Youth Justice Review in a new report published by Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland (CJI). The report is the second of two reports by the Inspectorate reviewing progress on the…
Children from gypsy, traveller or Romany backgrounds make up a "hugely disproportionate" number of inmates in youth prisons, figures reveal. One in 10 (11%) of those held in secure training centres (STCs) said they were from these groups, despite making up an estimated 0.1% of the overall population. In addition,…
The Chief Inspector of Prisons in England and Wales has welcomed "significant improvements" in the handling and restraint of children in custody following the deaths of two boys in 2004. Nick Hardwick (pictured) said the newly-introduced system, known as minimising and managing physical restraint (MMPR), was a positive step, but…
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…
An expert law conference at Northumbria University, Newcastle, has said the Government must follow the example of other countries and stop criminalising children as young as ten. Organised by Northumbria Law School, the Age of Criminal Responsibility (ACR) Conference attracted leading judges and authorities on youth and social justice. The…
A rising number of teenage boys were taken to hospital as the result of "very serious" violent attacks at a prison for young offenders, a new report has found. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) said prisoners at Cookham Wood Young Offenders' Institution near Rochester, Kent, had used weapons including…
Scientists believe that a simple two-hour emotional awareness course aimed at making young offenders less aggressive could hold the key to significantly reducing the seriousness of their future crimes. In the first ever study of its kind, psychologists from Cardiff University recorded a 44% drop in the severity of crimes…