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Secure Training Centres: Oakhill

Volume 709: debated on Wednesday 25 March 2009


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

In my Written Ministerial Statement of 14 May 2008 (Official Report, col. 61WS), I informed the House that the Youth Justice Board had decided to issue rectification notices to STC Milton Keynes Ltd., the contractor responsible for the delivery of services at Oakhill secure training centre.

My right honourable friend the Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families (Beverley Hughes) and I wish to inform the House that the Youth Justice Board has decided to withdraw the rectification notices imposed on STC Milton Keynes Ltd.  The contractor has addressed all of the deficiencies which had been identified and the centre is now able to operate at full capacity.

Ofsted carried out an inspection of the centre in December 2008 and its report which was published yesterday gave the centre an overall quality rating of satisfactory.

The next step is for the contractor to consolidate the positive changes and build on the improvements made to date.  The Youth Justice Board will continue to monitor the service being delivered at the centre and will take the necessary actions to resolve any problems identified and drive forward improvements.