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Young Offender Institutions: Restraint Techniques

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what his policy is on the use of restraints in establishments for young offenders; and if he will make a statement; (198343)

(2) on how many occasions restraints were used on young offenders in each of the last three years;

(3) how many injuries were recorded arising from the use of restraints on young offenders in each of the last three years.

Young offenders are those prisoners aged 18 to 21 years old who are referred to as young adults. The Prison Service uses control and restraint (C and R) techniques to restrain prisoners, including young adults, as a last resort in order to bring a violent or refractory prisoner under control and only when all other de-escalation techniques have failed. An independent review into the techniques used to restrain young people, below the age of 18, in custodial settings is currently under way and will report to Ministers in June this year.

The information requested on number of restraints and injuries is not held centrally in the format requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.