Questions about company taking over Rainsbrook STC

Four months after a damning inspection report, which said safeguarding was inadequate in G4S-run Rainsbrook secure training centre, the government announced MTCnovo would be handed the contract to run the child prison. MTCnovo is a partnership between MTC, which manages 25 correctional facilities in the United States, and the UK-based company Amey. The contract transfer … Read more Questions about company taking over Rainsbrook STC

Charity Commission investigates Hampshire residential school

The Charity Commission has announced today that it has launched a statutory inquiry into the way in which trustees at Stanbridge Earls School Trust oversaw the safeguarding of vulnerable children. The charitable trust ran the Stanbridge Earls day and boarding school for disabled children and adults, aged from 10 to 20 years. The Hampshire school … Read more Charity Commission investigates Hampshire residential school

16 year-olds can be placed in secure accommodation

The High Court has confirmed that a 16 or 17 year-old who is being looked after by a local authority under Section 20(3) of the Children Act 1989 can, in principle, be admitted to secure accommodation. Section 20(3) places a duty on local authorities to accommodate a child who has reached the age of 16 … Read more 16 year-olds can be placed in secure accommodation

Serco paid £1.1m to look after empty children’s prison

Article 39 has obtained information from the Ministry of Justice about the closure of Hassockfield secure training centre. We have discovered that Serco was paid £1.1m for a 50-day period when no children were held at the centre. This was a prison in Durham for children aged 12 to 17, which was run for the … Read more Serco paid £1.1m to look after empty children’s prison

Children’s services reviews – summaries for children to be axed

The Department for Education has announced its intention to repeal the duty on inspectorates to prepare dedicated feedback for children on the findings of reviews of services which exist to protect and care for them. The proposal to repeal this duty, in law for a decade, was made in a consultation document issued in the … Read more Children’s services reviews – summaries for children to be axed