Further child safety concerns in custody

Data released today by the Ministry of Justice and the Youth Justice Board shows a 32% increase in children in custody requiring hospital treatment after being assaulted, self-harming or restraint. In 2013/2014, 44 children were taken to hospital after assault (28), self-harm (13) and restraint (3). This increased to 58 in 2014/2015, with 31 children … Read more

Young experts set out principles for support

Young experts in the Force for Change group have set out their principles for child-centred support. The young people have been working with the NSPCC, and their advice is included in the charity’s new campaign report, called It’s time. The five principles are: “Every child and young person deserves support which: is from a professional … Read more

Who makes you happy? National writing competition!

Coram Voice is running an exciting national writing competition for children and young people in care, and care leavers. Submissions will be judged in three separate categories: primary age, secondary age and care leavers. You can write up to 1,000 words and enter three separate pieces, on the subject of: Who makes you happy? There … Read more

G4S Medway – joint letter in The Times

A joint letter is published today in The Times, in response to abuse revelations at G4S-run Medway secure training centre. The letter calls for children to be moved from G4S Medway, and other institutions like it, to settings “where we can be sure they will be safe, respected and properly cared for”. After this, we … Read more

Five facts about Medway secure training centre

Ahead of tonight’s screening of BBC Panorama’s ‘Teenage prison abuse exposed’, here’s five facts about Medway secure training centre. 1) It was the first of four secure training centres to open, in April 1998. Originally designed for 12 to 14 year-olds who persistently offend, the upper age increased to 17 with the passing of the … Read more