Review calls for ban of pain-inducing restraint

The Ministry of Justice has today published a review of pain-inducing restraint which is authorised for use on children as young as 10 during their journeys to and from custodial institutions, and within child prisons. The review, led by the former Chair of the Youth Justice Board, Charlie Taylor, was set up after legal action … Read more Review calls for ban of pain-inducing restraint

Article 39 challenges Ministry of Justice over pain-inducing restraint

Children’s rights charity Article 39 is seeking a tribunal hearing over the Ministry of Justice’s refusal to release information showing why children in prison have been inflicted with pain-inducing restraint. Inspection reports consistently reveal that these brutal techniques are used in non-emergency situations or to make children follow orders. In February 2020, inspectors reported a fall … Read more Article 39 challenges Ministry of Justice over pain-inducing restraint

Government still undecided on pain-inducing restraint

The Government’s response to the Joint Committee on Human Rights’ inquiry into solitary confinement and restraint in youth detention is published today. It shows that Ministers remain undecided about the Ministry of Justice’s policy of training custody officers to deliberately inflict pain on children – despite the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) concluding … Read more Government still undecided on pain-inducing restraint

Action taken on child’s note – nearly 14 years on

On 8 August 2004, 14 year-old Adam Rickwood was found hanging in his cell in a child prison run by Serco. In addition to a note for his family, asking to be buried with his grandad, Adam left behind a statement explaining that officers had deliberately swiped his nose, and that he bled for nearly … Read more Action taken on child’s note – nearly 14 years on

Review of pain-inducing restraint

The Ministry of Justice is reviewing its authorisation of pain-inducing restraint by GEOAmey escort custody officers taking children to and from secure children’s homes and secure training centres. This follows our threat of legal action. Restraint techniques which deliberately inflict pain on children are banned in secure children’s homes. Yet escort custody officers employed by … Read more Review of pain-inducing restraint