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.
As the incoming government threatens to repeal the Human Rights Act, Article 39’s Director argues that children’s human rights must be strengthened, not weakened. Read the guest blog on Children England’s Children at Heart campaign website
The case of 13 year-old Maisie is told in today’s Guardian newspaper. Maisie’s home is in Hull, yet she has been staying in a mental health unit in Sheffield for the past four months. There used to be specialist provision for children just a mile away from Maisie’s home, but this was closed in April … Read more
This was a hearing to establish whether the long-term hospital detention of a teenage boy was lawful. By the time he was eight years old, the boy had been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome and Tourette’s syndrome. At the age of 14, and in view of continuing challenging behavior, his parents sought … Read more
Revised government guidance has reinstated the duty on Local Safeguarding Children Boards to include a review of restraint in custodial establishments in their annual reports. These reports must be published and are therefore available to the public. Copies of the reviews must be sent to the Youth Justice Board. The duty was included in the … Read more