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Aylesbury Young Offender Institution

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many boys have been physically restrained in Aylesbury Young Offender Institution in each month since January 2009; and whether injuries were sustained by the young offender in each case. (286869)

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.

Because of violent and sometimes dangerous behaviour, there are occasions on which use of physical restraint is unavoidable. We must consider the interests and safety of everyone in the establishment—other young people, staff and visitors—as well as that of the young person whose behaviour is causing problems.

The number of incidents of control and restraint, together with the number and type of injuries sustained as a result, are set out in the table. The figures have been provided from records held at the establishment.

Number of C and R incidents

Number of injuries as a result of C and R

January

12

1

February

22

1

March

29

1

April

23

2

May

22

5

June

17

0

Total

125

10