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

BME children “substantially more likely” to be in custody

Ofsted’s assessment of the backgrounds and placements of children in care shows that those from Black and minority ethnic communities are “substantially more likely” to be locked up. 41% of the 453 ‘looked after’ children held in secure units or prisons on 31 March 2014 were from Black and minority ethnic communities. Children from Black … Read more

More abuse at G4S-run Rainsbrook secure training centre

On Wednesday (20 May 2015), Ofsted published the results of its unannounced inspection of the G4S-run Rainsbrook secure training centre in Northamptonshire. Inspectors rated as inadequate the safety and well-being of children. In an article for openDemocracy, Article 39’s Director reflects on the abuses within this prison across the past 10 years.

Have your say about children’s homes

Ofsted, the organisation that inspects children’s services, is asking children and young people who live in children’s homes to give their views about the care they receive. Children and young people should be given the link to the online survey from their children’s home.  You can also contact Ofsted directly on 0300 123 1231 or … Read more