Skip to main content

Young Offenders Institutions: Counselling

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many young offender institutions provide counselling services for inmates who have previously experienced sexual abuse or violence. (199677)

All 18 male and nine female young offender institutions which hold young adults (18-21) and young people (15-17) provide counselling services for those assessed as likely to benefit from them. Specific interventions will depend on assessment of need in individual cases and may include, for example, the provision of information and advice, or support from local agencies with specialist knowledge and experience. Referrals to psychological or mental health services will sometimes need to be made.