Anti-torture experts condemn mistreatment of children

The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture yesterday released its analysis of how well the UK complies with the anti-torture treaty we ratified in 1988, in relation to both adult and child detainees. Committee members visited the UK last year. A child prison in Kent, Cookham Wood young offender institution (YOI), was one of … Read more

Private companies and child prisons

Ministers have ducked a question about the risks to children of private companies running child prisons. A question was asked in Parliament by Lord Ramsbotham, following the serious abuse of children in G4S-run Medway secure training centre, which only came to the public’s attention through undercover filming by BBC Panorama. Lord Ramsbotham asked: “To ask … Read more

Serious child protection concerns at child prison

Today’s inspection report on Wetherby juvenile young offender institution, which includes a specialist unit for children who find it impossible to cope in a mainstream prison, raises a catalogue of child protection concerns. There were 272 boys in the prison at the time of the inspection. In the main prison, 29% of boys had formerly … Read more