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Prisoners Transfer: Young Offenders

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance has been issued by the Youth Justice Board to secure units on the transfer of 15 year old boys into prisons. (203071)

The Youth Justice Board issued revised placements guidance in 2004 to all under-18 custodial establishments and youth offending teams. It includes a transfer protocol, which specifies that placements of boys aged 15 and older in secure children’s homes and secure training centres should be regularly reviewed to assess whether they still require the level of support provided by those establishments.

Boys aged 15-17 are normally placed in young offender institutions unless they are assessed as requiring the different environment and level of support that a secure training centre or a secure children’s home offers.