The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has published a report on the sexual abuse of children and young people in custodial settings – young offender institutions (YOIs), secure training centres (STCs) and secure children’s homes (SCHs) – in England and Wales. The report finds that: for the period between 1 January 2009 and 31 December 2017: there were 1,070 alleged incidents of child sexual abuse within custodial institutions and complaints of sexual abuse in YOIs and STCs were rarely investigated properly, with very little evidence of involvement of the statutory authorities. Recommendations include: that The Youth Custody Service commissions research into why the child remand population is as high as it is; The Youth Custody Service takes steps to ensure that training provides staff with an appropriate understanding of safeguarding;and that the Ministry of Justice introduces arrangements for the professional registration of staff in roles responsible for the care of children in YOIs and STCs.
Source: IICSA Date: 28 February 2019
Further information: Sexual abuse of children in custodial institutions: 2009-2017: investigation report