Young Offender Institutions: Employment

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 11th June 2015.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the average number of hours of purposeful activity delivered each week at each young offenders institution in each year since 2010.

Photo of Andrew Selous Andrew Selous Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Average hours of purposeful activity per prisoner per week was formerly monitored as a performance indicator for all prisons and young offender institutions (YOIs), but this was discontinued at the end of the 2011-12 business year because it was not used in the day-to-day management of establishments.

From October 2012 data has been collected on the average number of hours of activity per month young people receive during the main part of weekday regime delivery in public sector under 18 YOIs and this is provided in the tables below. Data collected prior to 2012 is not comparable to the data collected at present and therefore has not been included in this reply. The data collected by privately run under 18 YOIs is also not comparable so again has not been included.

While education is the major component of current activity provision, young people are also able to access a wide range of other activities during the main part of the weekday regime such as offending behaviour interventions, resettlement and sentence planning, social and professional visits and religious, healthcare and domestic services.

New contracts for education providers in public sector YOIs commenced in March 2015. These will provide an even greater focus on education during this core part of the daily regime, and will see the number of hours of education available more than double.

The tables below set out the average number of activity hours provided in each public sector young offender institution per young person per month from October 2012 to April 2015, the latest date for which figures are available (- indicates that the establishment was not holding under 18s at the date in question).

2012

Oct

Nov

Dec

Cookham Wood

93

76

105

Downview

127

156

148

Eastwood Park

122

110

133

Feltham

96

89

105

Hindley

100

125

115

New Hall

11

25

171

Warren Hill

112

108

111

Werrington

108

107

100

Wetherby

114

112

116

2013

Jan

Feb

Mar

April

May

June

July

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Cookham Wood

86

80

72

80

87

80

101

91

92

111

101

108

Downview

107

132

217

133

100

108

127

-

-

-

-

-

Eastwood Park

143

87

121

151

138

112

-

-

-

-

-

-

Feltham

86

87

113

86

82

91

101

90

88

88

79

84

Hindley

122

106

117

126

121

107

124

120

116

128

111

110

New Hall

184

154

130

301

128

59

-

-

-

-

-

-

Warren Hill

112

94

100

104

99

82

90

97

88

101

92

120

Werrington

90

93

101

113

106

98

106

108

100

116

106

117

Wetherby

120

103

99

99

105

96

113

108

99

108

101

98

2014

Jan

Feb

Mar

April

May

June

July

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Cookham Wood

101

91

98

87

88

84

75

80

82

90

73

86

Feltham

81

72

74

79

81

77

86

80

91

91

68

91

Hindley

106

102

107

95

106

107

117

111

120

123

99

165

Warren Hill

84

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Werrington

108

96

105

111

125

103

114

98

110

115

100

105

Wetherby

102

93

97

101

97

93

104

94

99

98

79

91

2015

Jan

Feb

Mar

April

Cookham Wood

72

54

64

62

Feltham

85

77

82

80

Hindley

236

-

-

-

Werrington

98

102

109

96

Wetherby

76

64

74

87

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