Young Offender Institutions

Justice written question – answered on 12th February 2014.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to reduce the cost of youth custody in Young Offender Institutions.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The Government has recently set out its plans to transform youth custody and to introduce a pathfinder secure college in 2017. A secure college will put education at the heart of youth custody, contribute to reduced reoffending and reduce the cost of youth custody.

NOMS is committed to delivering a cost-effective service in under-18 young offenders institutions that provides a safe, decent and secure regime to young people in custody. Over the last year, NOMS has introduced a standardised core day in all public sector under-18 YOIs, which ensures that all young people receive an equal level of service regardless of the establishment within which they are located. Following the publication of the plans for transforming youth custody, NOMS is further developing the standardised core day to support planned enhancements to the education provision. Alongside this NOMS has reviewed managerial structures and begun work to benchmark staffing structures, both of which will support education delivery and ensure value for money.

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