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Young Offender Institutions

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people there are in (a) the Josephine Butler Unit at Downview Young Offender Institution (YOI), (b) the Mary Carpenter Unit at Eastwood Park YOI, (c) the Rivendell Unit at New Hall YOI and (d) the Toscana Unit at Foston Hall YOI; and how much it cost to keep a person in each of those units in the latest period for which figures are available. (308026)

The following table sets out the number of young women (aged 17) held in young offender institutions on 30 October 2009, and the average annual cost per place at each.

The data have been supplied by the Youth Justice Board and have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large-scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing and may be subject to change over time.


Number of young women held

Annual cost per place 2009-10 (£000)

Josephine Butler Unit, Downview YOI



Mary Carpenter Unit, Eastwood Park YOI



Rivendell Unit, New Hall YOI



Toscana Unit, Foston Hall YOI



To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of young offenders’ institutions have (a) a resettlement officer and (b) a social worker. (308028)

Each young offender institution (YOI) has an offender management team that which oversees resettlement issues and fulfils the establishment’s obligations in this regard. The size and composition of the team will depend on a number of factors including the role of the YOI and the size of the population.

There are currently 22.5 social worker posts in YOIs and dedicated units for young women in England and Wales. Eleven and a half of these posts are vacant.