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Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (26 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme is not yet open and remains under development. However, the first to be resettled through this scheme will be some of those who arrived in the UK as a result of the evacuation (Operation Pitting), which included individuals who were considered to be at particular risk. Officials are working urgently to stand up the remaining elements of the scheme. The...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Young Offenders: Hearing Impairment (26 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: All establishments within the youth estate in England and Wales must adhere to the Equality Act 2010, including the duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled persons. Support is also provided for all children and young people with a disability in accordance with the Public Sector Equality Duty. Data is not currently available on disability for the entire population in youth custody....

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Young Offenders (26 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: Between April 2017 and March 2020, Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) recorded 67,372 children (26,681 in 2017/18, 21,665 in 2018/19 and 19,026 in 2019/20) receiving a caution or court sentence. This does not include children YOTs worked with who were on bail or remand and did not subsequently receive a caution or court sentence, or children who have not received a pre-court or court disposal, such...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients: Coronavirus (26 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: This Government has committed to remove prison as a place of safety under the Mental Health Act. Instances of prison being used as a place of safety are not recorded centrally; consequently there is no one data source that determines the scale of use. Work is underway to explore the use of prison as a place of safety; whether it is used solely in respect of concerns over mental health, or in...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Mental Health Services: Coronavirus (26 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The Ministry of Justice has been a member of the ministerial cross-government Mental Health and Wellbeing Task and Finish group, co-chaired by the Cabinet Office and the Department of Health and Social Care, since it was established in May 2020. This group was formed to examine and respond to the mental health and psychosocial impacts of the pandemic and it published a COVID-19 Mental Health...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Reoffenders: Mental Illness (26 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The MoJ welcomes the joint thematic inspection of the criminal justice journey for individuals with mental health needs and disorders and will be providing a formal response and supporting action plan with HMPPS, DHSC and NHSE/I in the new year. The Government is committed to tackling the causes of reoffending to keep our communities safe. We know there is a link between homelessness and...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Offenders: Mental Illness (26 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The Ministry of Justice welcomes the joint thematic inspection and will be providing a formal response and supporting action plan in the new year. Working with the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England we will be increasing the availability of Primary Care Mental Health Treatment Requirements to cover at least 50% of all courts by 2023. We are also preparing to launch a...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Restraint Equipment (26 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: Operational guidance on the use of rigid bar handcuffs, and the HM Prison and Probation Service policy on the use of force state that any use of handcuffs is considered a use of force, and must only be used when necessary, reasonable and proportionate to the seriousness of the circumstances. Following the use of rigid bar handcuffs, staff must complete a statement to justify their decision. ...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Cookham Wood Young Offender Institution (26 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The Ministry of Justice is currently preparing an action plan which will be published in due course in response to the HMIP inspection report on HMYOI Cookham Wood. The plan will set out steps being taken to address the issues identified including those to reduce violence and providing children with more access to education.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Belmarsh Prison: Prison Accommodation (26 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: There are currently no plans to resume the use of triple cells at HMP Belmarsh. HMPPS continually monitors the anticipated population and capacity of the prison estate and will always ensure that there is sufficient space to hold those committed to custody from the courts.

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (26 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: Guidance on eligibility for the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy is available on gov.uk at: Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy: further information on eligibility criteria, offer details and how to apply - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). The Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) is not yet open and remains under development. However, the first to be resettled through this scheme will...

Written Answers — Home Office: Members: Correspondence (26 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The Minister for Afghan Resettlement has now issued a response.

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (26 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: As I stated at the recent Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry on safe routes and resettlement from Afghanistan, the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme is not yet open and remains under development. However, the first to be resettled through this scheme will be some of those who arrived in the UK under the evacuation programme, which included individuals who were considered to be at...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Remand in Custody (25 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) does not provide central funding for support services specifically for individuals who have been remanded into custody for their own protection under the Bail Act 1976. Individuals remanded into custody (including those remanded for their own protection) have access to standard support services within prisons which may be relevant to their needs, such as the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Dartmoor Prison (25 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: Discussions with the Duchy of Cornwall regarding the future of HMP Dartmoor are ongoing, and it is not possible to provide an update on progress without prejudicing the outcome of those commercial negotiations. The potential for Dartmoor to remain operational as a prison beyond 2023 is similarly dependent on the outcome of the discussions.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Unmanned Air Vehicles (24 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The Ministry of Justice is working hard to deter, detect and disrupt the illegal use of drones around prisons. My department worked with the Home Office and the Department for Transport to develop the UK Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Strategy (2019). The strategy aims to reduce the risk posed by the highest-harm illegal use of drones. In May of this year, we enacted the Air Traffic and Unmanned...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Unmanned Air Vehicles (24 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Act 2021 gave HMPPS new powers to authorise the use of counter-drone technology, such as electronic radio frequency jamming devices that interfere with property or wireless telegraphy. Jamming’ technology is a valuable tool in our security response to tackle the threat of drones to our prisons. We also deploy drone detection equipment in our...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Women's Prisons: Security (24 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: There are no immediate plans to introduce Enhanced Gate Security (EGS) in the women’s estate. EGS measures provide technical and drug dog aided searching for all staff and visitors to a prison. These have been in place in the high security estate for some years and are now being introduced into 42 adult male prisons under the £100m Security Investment Programme. Sites were prioritised on...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Bronzefield Prison: Self-harm (24 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: As part of the wider Safer Prisons Strategy, HMP Bronzefield has introduced a ‘Wellbeing Hub’ which enables prisoners to constructively express their emotions and develop self-help coping strategies in a dedicated therapeutic and calming environment. We are working closely with the provider, Sodexo, and a number of initiatives are due to be introduced as part of their self-harm strategy,...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners' Release: Homelessness (24 Nov 2021)

Victoria Atkins: The new Commissioned Rehabilitative Services went live on 26 June. HMPPS Contract Managers are overseeing the effective embedding of these new contracts and will robustly monitor the performance of providers. Although we are still in the early days of the new contracted provision, we are committed to ensuring that those within our care, including those in custody, receive the support they...


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