Juvenile Justice Centre

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 27th January 2005.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon Shadow Spokesperson (Women), Shadow Spokesperson (Trade and Industry), Shadow Spokesperson (Culture, Media and Sport), Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) young people and (b) staff have been injured in the past (i) six and (ii) 12 months while using restraining methods at the Juvenile Justice Centre; and whether any review was carried out following each incident.

Photo of John Spellar John Spellar The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

This is an operational responsibility of the Chief Executive of the Youth Justice Agency of Northern Ireland (Bill Lockhart). He has reported the figures in the table and advised me that the majority of the injuries can be classed as minor and includes red marks, bruises and superficial scratches.

Injuries in past 6 months (July to December 2004)
Young people 27
Staff 21
Injuries in past 12 months (January to December 2004)
Young people 44
Staff 28

Every incident involving the use of physical restraint is recorded in the appropriate log book and signed off by the Unit Manager or Duty Manager in his/her absence. These log books are subject to regular scrutiny by Senior Managers. Every incident of physical restraint is subject to review at the daily Information Meeting attended by Senior and Duty Managers.

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