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 want an independent inquiry to “understand the scale of any abuse and learn how to look after children well”.
The letter is signed by:
Carolyne Willow, Director, Article 39
Deborah Coles, Co-Director, INQUEST
Sarah Brennan, Chief Executive, YoungMinds
Kathy Evans, Chief Executive, Children England
Natasha Finlayson, Chief Executive, The Who Cares? Trust
Pam Hibbert OBE, Independent Youth Justice Specialist
Louise King & Carla Garnelas, Co-Directors, Children’s Rights Alliance for England
Shauneen Lambe, Executive Director, Just for Kids Law
Bridget Robb, Chief Executive, The British Association of Social Workers (BASW)