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Young Offenders

Volume 409: debated on Friday 18 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many girls aged 15 have been placed in a young offenders institution since 1 October 2002; in which institutions they were held; and for how long. [124849]

Six girls aged 15 have been placed in a young offenders institution since 1 October 2002. Five were placed at New Hall and one at Brockhill. The details are as follows:

  • (i) girl aged 15 and 2 months placed in New Hall on 21 November 2002, transferred to a local authority secure children's home on 22 November 2002;
  • (ii) girl aged 15 and 7 months placed in New Hall on 22 November 2002, transferred to a local authority secure children's home on 2 December 2002;
  • (iii) girl aged 15 and 10 months placed in New Hall from 25 October 2002 to 24 December 2002;
  • (iv) girl aged 15 and 10 months placed in Brockhill from 3 October 2002 to 31 December 2002
  • (v) girl aged 15 and 11 months placed in New Hall from 7 November 2002 to 5 February 2003.
  • (vi) girl aged 15 and 11 months placed in New Hall from 27 November 2002 to 26 January 2003.
  • There are currently no 15-year-old girls in Prison Service accommodation, and around 16,16-year-olds. On 18 February the Youth Justice Board (YJB) announced its intention to remove all under 17-year-old girls from Prison Service accommodation during 2003.

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children have been transferred from each secure training centre and local authority secure home to a young offenders institution to date in 2003. [124850]

    The placement of offenders under 18 in secure accommodation is the responsibility of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales. The Youth Justice Board confirms that the following transfers from secure training centres and local authority secure children's homes to young offender institutions have been made in 2003:

    Secure Training Centres
    Number
    Hassocksfield10
    Medway14
    Rainsbrook4
    Month/yearAshfieldHuntercombeWarren HillWerringtonWetherby
    January 2002334853
    February 2002204632
    March 20021611311
    April 20022034102
    May 2002241732
    June 2002154650
    July 2002152365
    August 2002122362
    September 200262211
    October 200282955
    November 2002145361
    December 20021942131
    January 2003115364
    February 2003174495
    March 2003209375
    April 20031082413
    May 2003134327
    June 2003830412
    Totals28167819671
    The figures are as reported to Prison Service headquarters by establishments.

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures are in place for strip searching girls who are menstruating. [124852]

    Strip searching of women prisoners is conducted in accordance with procedures outlined in the Security Manual. There is particular emphasis on ensuring that the dignity of the prisoner being strip

    Local authority secure children's homes

    Number

    Aldine House1
    Atkinson2
    Aycliffe1
    Dales House1
    Eastmoor2
    Leverton1
    Sutton Place2

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many juveniles in each of the young offenders institutions were injured by other inmates in each month in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003. [124851]

    Male juveniles are located in five establishments dedicated solely to juveniles and in nine other establishments that also hold young offenders. Female juveniles are held in seven establishments that also hold young offenders and, in some cases, adult female prisoners.The Prison Service's incident reporting system records data by establishment and the extraction of data relating purely to juveniles in respect of assaults occurring in the split function establishments cannot be provided except at disproportionate cost.The following table provides information on the number of assaults resulting in injury by juveniles on juveniles, in respect of the five establishments that hold male juveniles only. The term 'juvenile' covers prisoners who are over 18 but are serving a Detention Training Order having been under 18 at the commencement of the Order.searched is protected as far as is possible. To this end, male members of staff are not allowed in the general area where strip searching is undertaken. The prisoner is never totally naked and staff are required to be sensitive to the feelings of the prisoner.Where women or girls are menstruating and are using sanitary protection in the form of pads, the prisoner removes the pad from her underwear herself and places it in a specially provided sanitary bin. The search is conducted swiftly and fresh pads are available to the prisoner once the search is completed.

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many juvenile offenders are detained in Coventry; and how many were detained in Coventry on 30 June in each of the last five years. [126047]

    The number of juveniles detained at Stoke House, a Local Authority Secure Unit in Coventry, from 2000 to 2002 is given in the table. Information is not available for June 1999. Stoke House closed on 20 September 2002.

    As at 30 JuneNumber of juveniles detained at Stoke House
    20008
    200111
    20027

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what recent meetings have been held between his Department and the Department of Health to examine issues surrounding ADD/ADHD in Young Offenders Institutions; [123765]

    (2) what steps his Department has taken to assess the implications of behavioural difficulties of attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder of young people in Young Offenders Institutions. [123767]

    Mental health care issues, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD) are regularly discussed by staff in both departments in order to carry out the commitments for mental health in the NHS Plan. The NHS Plan includes provision for prisoners and a total of £10 million is being invested in 2003–04 to improve mental health services for them. Mental Health needs assessments were carried in all prison establishments last autumn to better gauge that need. By 2004 some 94 prisons, including all male local prisons and the majority of women's local prisons and young offender institutions will have received funding for community mental health in-reach teams to provide more comprehensive services for prisoners with severe mental health problems.