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Secure Training Centres: Physical Restraint

Volume 694: debated on Thursday 26 July 2007

My right honourable friend the Minister of State (David Hanson) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

I announced a review of restraint in juvenile secure settings to the House on 12 July (Official Report, cols. 1714-22). The Ministry of Justice and the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) have joint responsibility for the review.  My right honourable friend the Member for Stretford and Urmston (Beverley Hughes) will be the lead Minister for the DCSF.

My right honourable friend and I are in the process of appointing an independent chair to lead the review and a further announcement in relation to this will be made as soon as possible.

The broad terms of reference for the review are as follows:

it will encompass policy and practice on the use of restraint across a range of juvenile secure settings including secure training centres (STC), secure children’s homes (SCH) and young offender institutions (YOIs).

It will review and make recommendations to Ministers upon:

the operational efficacy,  safety, (including medical safety), and ethical  validity of restraint methods, in juvenile secure settings, including physical control in care (PCC)—the system of restraint used only in secure training centres—and the circumstances in which they may be used;

the system of training provided to staff using restraint in juvenile secure settings, including how such training is monitored, reviewed and accredited;

the arrangements for cross-departmental knowledge-sharing on use of restraint and behaviour management across a range of juvenile secure settings including STCs, SCHs and YOIs;

the respective responsibilities of the Ministry of Justice, the Department for Children, Schools and Families, the Youth Justice Board, Her Majesty’s Prison Service and individual providers of secure children’s homes and other relevant institutions in relation to the safety and effectiveness of restraint including clarification of the approval methods for restraint techniques;

the responsibilities of local safeguarding children boards in relation to the safety of restraint in their area;

whether the arrangements in place to record and monitor the use of restraint and the arrangements for sharing and analysis of information relating to deaths, injuries and warning signs exhibited following restraints are adequate in all juvenile secure settings;

the review will be able to call for evidence from any interested party to assist in the compilation of recommendations to Ministers; and

the review will report to Ministers within six months of the appointment of the Chair.