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Young Offender Institutions: Restraint Techniques

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which recommendations of the Carlile inquiry into the physical restraint of children in custody have been implemented. (207075)

I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green (Lynne Featherstone) on 28 January 2008, Official Report, column 153W.

The Youth Justice Board (YJB) published its response to Lord Carlile’s inquiry in July 2006. Since that time, the YJB has been working hard to implement those of the recommendations that it accepted.

The YJB has implemented a code of practice across the secure estate for children and young people and is actively monitoring establishments’ compliance. It has also improved monitoring and data collection arrangements and undertaken a safeguarding review. The YJB is developing a work force development programme for the young people’s secure estate and is working with the Children’s Workforce Development Council to agree core competencies for people working with children.

The YJB is also in the process of developing more sophisticated conflict resolution techniques. Pilots in restorative justice and therapeutic crisis intervention techniques are both under way. The YJB has also considerably increased the number of outdoor exercise facilities for young people.

The YJB’s safeguarding review team has completed its work and is expected to report to Ministers shortly.