Children and Social Work Bill – gains and serious threats

New legislation concerning children’s social care rights was introduced into Parliament last week. Debate and scrutiny starts in the Lords on 14 June. Many aspects of the Children and Social Work Bill, once enacted, will have a direct effect on children living in institutions, and care leavers. Below we summarise key elements, and highlight the … Read more Children and Social Work Bill – gains and serious threats

MEDWAY SECURE TRAINING CENTRE MUST CLOSE

A damning report into G4S-run Medway secure training centre is published today, setting out in extensive detail the abject failure of a wide range of organisations, chief among them G4S and the Youth Justice Board (YJB). The 61-page report brings into the public domain substantial new evidence of child abuse at Medway, and the ineptitude … Read more MEDWAY SECURE TRAINING CENTRE MUST CLOSE

MTCnovo begins running UK child jail

MTCnovo takes over the running of Rainsbrook secure training centre, in Northamptonshire, today (5 May). This is a prison for children aged 12 to 17 years. The contract to run Rainsbrook was formerly held by the multinational G4S, which ran the prison from 1999. In April 2004, 15 year-old Gareth Myatt died after being restrained … Read more MTCnovo begins running UK child jail

Children unable to breathe during restraint

Two reports obtained by Article 39 reveal there were 119 restraints in child prisons which compromised children’s breathing, or led to them being seriously injured, between 2013 and 2015. It took 11 months for the Ministry of Justice to hand over the 2014/15 report, which was first requested in May 2015. A version of the … Read more Children unable to breathe during restraint