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Young Offender Institutions

Volume 401: debated on Tuesday 18 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Young Offender Institutions operate a personal officer scheme. [103159]

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what child protection procedures are in place in young offender institutions for juveniles considered to be at risk. [103166]

In line with Prison Service Order 4950, each young offender institution has a child protection policy. The policy is based upon well-established inter-agency arrangements for promoting the welfare of young people and safeguarding them from harm. Establishments are instructed to appoint a Child Protection Coordinator and establish a Child Protection Committee. Local Child Protection arrangements are approved by the Area Child Protection Committee and complement existing procedures for safeguarding young people such as the anti-bullying strategy and the pastoral care arrangements.