Children’s residential care review

Article 39 has submitted to the Children’s residential care review, which issued a call for evidence at the end of October 2015. We urge the Review to vigorously defend the rights and safeguards that have evolved for children and young people in care over the past 25 years, and underline the leading role played by … Read more Children’s residential care review

Organisations invited to tender for secure training centres

The government has revealed the five companies which were invited to tender for the contracts to run Medway and Rainsbrook secure training centres. These are prisons for children aged 12 to 17 (sometimes 18 year-olds are placed there too). The five-year contracts were worth £236 million in total. In September 2015, the Youth Justice Board … Read more Organisations invited to tender for secure training centres

Rainsbrook STC “requires improvement”

An Ofsted inspection of Rainsbrook secure training centre, which detains children between the ages of 12 and 17, as well as some 18 year-olds, has concluded it “requires improvement”. The inspection of the G4S-run prison took place in September 2015, several months after inspectors rated its safety and overall effectiveness as “inadequate”. Although the safety … Read more Rainsbrook STC “requires improvement”

Yet more reductions in secure children’s homes

The Youth Justice Board has announced today that it plans to reduce by 15% the number of places it funds in secure children’s homes, from 138 to 117 places. This is a 47% reduction since 2009, when the Youth Justice Board contracted 220 places. In September 2015, 70% of detained children were held in young … Read more Yet more reductions in secure children’s homes