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Young Offenders: Restraint Techniques

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many incidents involving the use of restraint by staff occurred in each young offender institution and secure training centre in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years. (265830)

Restraint is only ever to be used by staff as a last resort, when all other approaches have either not succeeded or would not be appropriate.

The independent Review of Restraint in Juvenile Secure Settings, which was published together with the Government's response on 15 December 2008, made important recommendations about improving practice and making sure restraint is used as sparingly as possible. The Government and the Youth Justice Board are working together to implement those recommendations.

The following table sets out the number of recorded restrictive physical interventions (RPIs) on young people under the age of 18 in secure training centres and young offender institutions from 1 April 2007 to 31 December 2008. The Youth Justice Board has been collecting data against common definitions from April 2007. Comparable data are not available for earlier periods.

It is not possible to provide information on the number of recorded RPIs for 18 to 21-year-olds in young offender institutions as this is not held centrally in the format requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Operational capacity at 9 January 2009

April 2007 to March 2008

April 2008 to December 2008

Secure training centres

Hassockfield

64

519

377

Medway

76

869

289

Oakhill

80

1,012

260

Rainsbrook

87

373

288

Young offender institutions

Ashfield

400

431

446

Brinsford

112

161

82

Castington

168

187

172

Cookham Wood

110

17

16

Downview

16

29

37

Eastwood Park

16

28

19

Feltham

240

379

337

Foston Hall

16

54

30

Hindley

192

337

284

Huntercombe

360

404

369

Lancaster Farms

240

299

208

New Hall

26

60

84

Parc

64

65

97

Stoke Heath

202

145

118

Thorn Cross1

n/a

0

n/a

Warren Hill

222

212

249

Werrington

160

297

295

Wetherby

402

377

268

1 The YJB stopped placing under 18s at HM YOI Thorn Cross from 1 April 2008

Source:

Data have been taken from YJB administrative computer systems

Among the recommendations referred to above, the review proposed an examination of the basis for the relatively low level of use of force per young person reported in YOIs.