Secure Children's Homes: Physical Restraint

House of Lords written question – answered on 16th January 2007.

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Photo of Lord Carlile of Berriew Lord Carlile of Berriew Liberal Democrat

asked Her Majesty's Government:

On how many occasions physical restraint occurred at Sutton Place local authority secure children's home in relation to, respectively, male and female black and ethnic minority clients during each of the 12 months prior to 1 November; and

On how many occasions physical restraint occurred at Red Bank local authority secure children's home in relation to, respectively, male and female black and ethnic minority clients during each of the 12 months prior to 1 November.

Photo of Lord Adonis Lord Adonis Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Schools), Department for Education and Skills, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education and Skills) (Schools)

Incidents of restraint in secure children's homes (SCHs) have been reported centrally to the Youth Justice Board (YJB) since February 2006. At present, information is not collected about the use of restraint by gender and ethnicity but the YJB will also be collecting these additional data from February 2007. In this context, restraint refers to occasions when "force is used to overpower a young person".

The numbers of incidents of restraints reported to the YJB in Redbank and Sutton Place SCHs are listed in the table.

2006 Feb March April May June July Aug. Sept Oct.
Redbank 40 29 28 29 21 32 20 15 28
Sutton Place 9 8 7 14 38 25 18 6 11

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