Girls in custody

HM Inspectorate of Prisons for England and Wales (HMI Prisons) has published a thematic report looking at outcomes for girls in custody. The report focuses on 14 girls held in secure children’s homes (SCHs) or a young offender institution (YOI) across England and Wales. Findings include: girls were 83% more likely than boys to be assailants; and girls in custody were 12 times more likely to self-harm than boys, with staff often resorting to restraint to prevent this. The report highlights the urgent need for the cycle of self-harm and restraint to be addressed.

Read the news story: Dysfunctional custody system failing girls
Download the report: A thematic review of outcomes for girls in custody

Source: HMI Prisons

Date: 21 September 2022

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