The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) has published a report on painful restraint and solitary confinement for children in England and Wales. The Committee heard evidence from children and parents of children who had been restrained or subject to solitary confinement, medics, lawyers, inspectors, and staff who work in detention. Findings include: data collection is incomplete in hospitals and custody; black, Asian and minority ethnic children experience higher rates of restraint and solitary confinement; and excessive use of restraint and separation are partly due to low staffing levels and insufficient staff training. The Committee recommends that the use of specific pain-inducing techniques in Youth Offenders’ Institutes (YOIs) should be prohibited, prone (face-down) restraint must be more rigorously regulated, and hospitals and YOIs must report data on separations over 72 hours to the responsible Minister on a monthly basis.
Source: JCHR Date: 18 April 2019
Further information: Youth detention: solitary confinement and restraint