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Secure Training Centres: Labour Turnover

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff (a) have been appointed to and (b) resigned from each secure training centre in each year since they were opened. (201709)

The available information, provided by the Youth Justice Board, on the number of staff appointed to secure training centres each year and the number leaving, is shown in the table as follows.

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Medway Secure Training Centre—opened 17 April 1998

Starters

Custody staff

n/a

66

40

39

130

135

88

67

101

91

Other

n/a

30

17

12

10

8

3

7

5

5

Total

n/a

96

57

51

140

143

91

74

106

96

Leavers

Custody staff

29

33

36

42

61

95

66

75

70

101

Other

2

1

4

7

5

6

3

5

5

9

Total

31

34

40

49

66

101

69

80

89

110

Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre—opened 3 July 1999

Starters

Custody staff

n/a

n/a

n/a

109

60

52

76

84

60

Other

n/a

n/a

n/a

12

6

5

5

12

3

Total

n/a

n/a

n/a

121

66

57

81

96

63

Leavers

1

Custody staff

n/a

n/a

n/a

31

48

52

48

45

50

Other

n/a

n/a

n/a

7

4

5

10

6

2

Total

n/a

n/a

n/a

38

52

57

58

51

52

Hassockfield Secure Training Centre—opened 17 September 19991

Starters

Custody staff

16

22

31

65

25

32

24

55

17

Other

11

23

19

7

8

14

10

21

15

Total

27

45

50

72

33

46

34

76

32

Leavers

Custody staff

10

33

23

26

25

23

17

10

15

Other

10

37

17

15

14

18

10

8

15

Total

20

70

40

41

39

41

27

18

30

Oakhill Secure Training Centre—opened 19 August 2004

Starters

Custody staff

234

134

83

166

Other

32

33

28

31

Total

266

167

111

197

Leavers

Custody staff

77

93

80

100

Other

5

28

17

24

Total

82

121

97

124

119 September 1999 to 31 December 1999

Notes:

1. At Medway, Rainsbrook and Oakhill, “other staff” excludes teachers and healthcare staff, none of whom are directly employed by the STC contractors.

2. Hassockfield’s “other staff” includes teachers and healthcare staff, as they are directly employed by the STC contractors.

3. The high number of joiners at Rainsbrook and Medway in 2002 and 2003 reflects the expansion of both centres from 44 to 76 beds. (Hassockfield has 42 beds, Oakhill has 80.)

4. Joiner/leaver numbers at all centres include staff who were provisionally appointed but did not actually start work with children because they did not pass the initial training course or did not receive Criminal Records Bureau clearance. Those staff did not have contact with children.

5. Rainsbrook introduced a fully automated personnel/payroll system in 2002. As data prior to this period are limited and accuracy cannot be guaranteed, they have not been included.

6. Staff figures for Hassockfield in 1999 are for appointments after 19 September, when the centre opened. Some staff were appointed prior to opening, but figures for these are not available.