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Secure Children's Homes: Physical Restraint

Volume 688: debated on Tuesday 16 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

On how many occasions physical restraint occurred at Sutton Place local authority secure children's home in relation to, respectively, male and female black and ethnic minority clients during each of the 12 months prior to 1 November; and [HL797]

On how many occasions physical restraint occurred at Red Bank local authority secure children's home in relation to, respectively, male and female black and ethnic minority clients during each of the 12 months prior to 1 November.[HL798]

Incidents of restraint in secure children's homes (SCHs) have been reported centrally to the Youth Justice Board (YJB) since February 2006. At present, information is not collected about the use of restraint by gender and ethnicity but the YJB will also be collecting these additional data from February 2007. In this context, restraint refers to occasions when “force is used to overpower a young person”.

The numbers of incidents of restraints reported to the YJB in Redbank and Sutton Place SCHs are listed in the table.

2006

Feb

March

April

May

June

July

Aug.

Sept

Oct.

Redbank

40

29

28

29

21

32

20

15

28

Sutton Place

9

8

7

14

38

25

18

6

11