G4S to continue running child prison despite serious child protection failings

The Justice Secretary Dominic Raab has responded to the urgent notification issued in respect of G4S-run Oakhill secure training centre by Ofsted, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons and the Care Quality Commission last month. His letter to Ofsted’s Chief Inspector describes the serious concerns raised by the inspectorates as “deeply troubling” and says the failures … Read more

Article 39 calls for inquiry and legal help for children, following abuse allegations at G4S child prison

Article 39 has today (25 October 2021) written to the Justice Secretary, Dominic Raab, calling for an inquiry into the alleged abuse and human rights violations of children living in G4S-run Oakhill secure training centre. The move comes after a whistleblower contacted the charity last month, alleging: serious child abuse over a protracted period of … Read more

Government publishes 70 targets to bring Feltham child prison to an acceptable level

The Ministry of Justice has today (21 August) published an action plan in response to the grave concerns about children’s safety and care raised by the Chief Inspector of Prisons last month. On 22 July, Peter Clarke, the Chief Inspector, invoked the Urgent Notification procedure whereby significant concerns about the treatment and conditions within prisons … Read more