Juveniles in Custody:Use of Physical Restraint

House of Lords written question – answered at on 17 May 2004.

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Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Shadow Minister, Home, Constitutional & Legal Affairs

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many children were injured during the use of control and restraint procedures in penal institutions during 2003.

Photo of Baroness Scotland of Asthal Baroness Scotland of Asthal Minister of State, Home Office, Minister of State (Home Office) (Criminal Justice and Offender Management)

Statistical information on injuries is not collected centrally, but the Youth Justice Board has been reviewing the use of physical restraint procedures and the National Children's Bureau recently produced a report for the board on the use of physical intervention within the juvenile secure estate. The board is currently drawing up a code of practice on the use of physical restraint, which it is intended will apply in all establishments holding young people under 18. The board is also planning to review the techniques that are used in establishments, in the light of the tragic death of Gareth Myatt at Rainsbrook on 19 April.

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