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Secure Training Centres: Restraint Techniques

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many injuries sustained by juvenile and young adult offenders held in secure training centres during level (a) 1, (b) 2 and (c) 3 physical control in care restraints required hospital treatment in each year since 2000; and if he will make a statement; (197305)

(2) how many injuries were sustained by juvenile and young adult offenders held in each secure training centre during level (a) 1, (b) 2 and (c) 3 physical control in care constraints in each year since they were established; and if he will make a statement;

(3) how many times level (a) 1, (b) 2 and (c) 3 physical control in care restraints were used in each secure training centre in each year since they were established; and if he will make a statement.

Young adult offenders are not placed in secure training centres or secure children's homes. The restraint techniques known collectively as physical control in care fall into three categories. Phase 1 restraints involve one member of staff only; phase 2, two members of staff; and phase 3, three members of staff.

The data collected centrally by the Youth Justice Board about use of restraint do not include details of which phase was used. That information could be obtained only by examining the individual incident reports held at each secure training centre, which would involve disproportionate cost.