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Young Offenders: Rehabilitation

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what detoxification facilities are available 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, (d) the Toscanna Unit at Foston Hall YOI, (e) Hassockfield Secure Training Centre (STC), (f) Oakhill STC, (g) Medway STC and (h) Rainsbrook STC. (308069)

The Young People’s Substance Misuse Service delivers services in all under-18 young offender institutions including the four special units for 17-year-old girls. All young people entering a young offender institution are assessed for substance misuse needs and an appropriate care pathway is developed, specific to the young person’s individual needs. Staff at all establishments are able to access NHS facilities or provide appropriate medical treatment.

The health care service provided to young people in secure training centres includes the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of physical and mental disorders, including addiction to drugs, alcohol, smoking and other intoxicating substances. All young people entering an STC are assessed by health care staff and have access to NHS facilities and specialists when clinically required.