Young Offenders: Restraint Techniques

Justice written question – answered at on 30 March 2009.

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Photo of Edward Garnier Edward Garnier Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many incidents involving the use of restraint by staff occurred in each young offender institution and secure training centre in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Restraint is only ever to be used by staff as a last resort, when all other approaches have either not succeeded or would not be appropriate.

The independent Review of Restraint in Juvenile Secure Settings, which was published together with the Government's response on 15 December 2008, made important recommendations about improving practice and making sure restraint is used as sparingly as possible. The Government and the Youth Justice Board are working together to implement those recommendations.

The following table sets out the number of recorded restrictive physical interventions (RPIs) on young people under the age of 18 in secure training centres and young offender institutions from 1 April 2007 to 31 December 2008. The Youth Justice Board has been collecting data against common definitions from April 2007. Comparable data are not available for earlier periods.

It is not possible to provide information on the number of recorded RPIs for 18 to 21-year-olds in young offender institutions as this is not held centrally in the format requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Operational capacity at 9 January 2009 April 2007 to March 2008 April 2008 to December 2008
Secure training centres
Hassockfield 64 519 377
Medway 76 869 289
Oakhill 80 1,012 260
Rainsbrook 87 373 288
Young offender institutions
Ashfield 400 431 446
Brinsford 112 161 82
Castington 168 187 172
Cookham Wood 110 17 16
Downview 16 29 37
Eastwood Park 16 28 19
Feltham 240 379 337
Foston Hall 16 54 30
Hindley 192 337 284
Huntercombe 360 404 369
Lancaster Farms 240 299 208
New Hall 26 60 84
Parc 64 65 97
Stoke Heath 202 145 118
Thorn Cross(1) n/a 0 n/a
Warren Hill 222 212 249
Werrington 160 297 295
Wetherby 402 377 268
(1) The YJB stopped placing under 18s at HM YOI Thorn Cross from 1 April 2008

Source:

Data have been taken from YJB administrative computer systems

Among the recommendations referred to above, the review proposed an examination of the basis for the relatively low level of use of force per young person reported in YOIs.

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