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Youth Custody: Restraint Techniques

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to paragraph 8.30 of the 2008 “Independent Review of Restraint: Juvenile Secure Settings”, if he will place in the Library a copy of the documentation relating to Adapted C & R piloted in May 2006 in Feltham and Cookham Wood young offenders institutions. (290074)

A pilot of juvenile restraint techniques (JRT) for use on young people (15 to 17-year-olds) commenced in May 2006. An interim evaluation report was produced in April 2007 and I have arranged for a copy of this to be placed in the House of Commons Library. Shortly after the completion of this report, the “Independent Review of the Use of Restraint in Juvenile Secure Settings” was announced and a decision was taken to suspend further work on JRT pending the outcome of the review.

The Government’s response to the independent review was published in December 2008 and part of this announced the development of a more comprehensive system of restraint for young people as part of a wider behaviour management system. Piloting of this new system of restraint is expected to begin early next year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to paragraph 8.39 of the 2008 “Independent Review of Restraint: Juvenile Secure Settings”, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Prison Service review into the case for extending the use of the baton to the young people's estate. (290075)

I have arranged for a copy of the Prison Service report, “Review of the Potential Use of the Baton in the Young People’s Estate” to be placed in the House of Commons Library.