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Managerial oversight failed to protect young people from harm at a facility for young inmates which is at the centre of abuse claims, the Chief Inspector of Prisons has said. Inspectors revealed they have "significant concerns" about Medway Secure Training Centre in Rochester, Kent, following revelations aired on the BBC's…
We don’t always get things right in our work with children and young people but by and large we try to do the right things, as informed by the research evidence base. However, youth justice is the one area I can think of where we blindly and perversely pursue practice…
Four men have been arrested on suspicion of child neglect by police investigating allegations of abuse and mistreatment of youngsters at a facility run by private security group G4S. Kent Police detained the four men on Wednesday following allegations aired on the BBC's Panorama programme this week. Undercover footage showed…
Security firm G4S has apologised for the behaviour of staff at a young offender unit after an undercover BBC investigation found evidence of mistreatment of children being held there. A senior director said he was "appalled" after the airing of a Panorama programme tonight which secretly filmed at Medway Secure…
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…