Two reports emphasise the risks (and realities) of rights violations

Two reports released yesterday underline the risks of rights violations in institutional settings. The first, a leaked report obtained by the BBC, tells of a 17 year-old disabled girl who was living in a residential health setting in Plymouth. She was sedated and flown to an adult setting in Dundee, as she approached her 18th … Read more

Charities seek reassurances about MTCnovo

In a letter to Lord McNally, the Chair of the Youth Justice Board, Article 39, the Howard League for Penal Reform and INQUEST say we are “deeply troubled” that MTCnovo, the company taking over the management of Rainsbrook secure training centre, appears to have no experience of looking after vulnerable children in a residential setting. … Read more

BASW raises concerns about residential care review

The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has expressed concern about the review of residential care, announced by the Prime Minister last week. It questions why such a review is required, since a parliamentary inquiry was undertaken on children’s homes in 2013. Social workers “find it hard not to see this latest announcement as anything … Read more