Youth custody

The Public Accounts Committee has published a report looking at standards of provision in youth custody across England and Wales. Findings from the Committee’s inquiry include: current youth custody provision is inadequate and does not meet the needs of many vulnerable children; the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) do not have a coherent strategy for improving outcomes for children in custody; and there are concerns that too many children are being held far away from their homes. The Committee’s recommendations include: the MOJ and HMPPS should set out how they will monitor and measure whether the needs of vulnerable children are being met, particularly those with special educational needs or protected characteristics; and both organisations should set out how they will ensure that children are placed in suitable provision closer to home.

Read the press release: Delays to secure schools condemn vulnerable children to unsafe conditions, say MPs
Download the report: Secure training centres and secure schools (PDF)

Source: UK Parliament

Date: 15 July 2022

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