Youth Custody: Staff

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 ratio of staff to young person in each (a) young offender institution and (b) secure training centre in each year since 2010.

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

The youth secure estate comprises under 18 Young Offender Institutions (YOIs), Secure Training Centres (STCs) and Secure Children’s Homes. These three sectors have a range of staffing ratios in order to meet the wide ranging needs of young people in custody. Young people are placed in establishments that can most effectively manage their individual needs.

The information set out in Table 1 refers to the number of young people per prison officer in each public sector YOI establishment that holds under 18s. Where an establishment accommodates different age groups the ratios reflect staffing in the entire establishment. For this reason the ratios shown may not reflect actual staffing levels in the under 18 units.

Table 1: The number of young people per prison officer (including specialists)

in public sector YOIs holding young people aged under 18, 2010 to 2015

Establishment

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Cookham Wood

1.4

0.9

1.1

1.0

1.5

1.8

Downview

3.7

2.9

3.9

3.6

-

-

Eastwood Park

2.7

2.7

2.8

2.1

-

-

Feltham

2.1

2.2

2.2

2.0

2.1

2.2

Foston Hall

2.1

-

-

-

-

-

Hindley

1.6

1.6

1.5

0.9

1.9

Huntercombe

1.3

-

-

-

-

-

Stoke Heath

3.2

-

-

-

-

-

Warren Hill

1.3

1.1

1.3

1.0

-

-

Werrington

2.0

2.3

1.8

1.8

1.8

1.3

Wetherby

1.9

1.7

1.8

1.2

1.3

1.6

Notes:

1. ‘-‘indicates that the establishment was not holding under 18s at the date in question.

2. Staff to young person ratios in public sector Prison Service establishments is reported as the number of prisoners held in an establishment divided by the number prison officers (including specialists) employed. Ratios do not reflect the number of officers on duty at any particular moment.

3. Data presented relates to monthly snapshots taken in each year since 2010.

STCs provide a secure environment where young people can be educated and rehabilitated. They differ from YOIs in that they have a higher staff to young people ratio and are smaller in size.

STCs are required to operate above minimum staffing levels specified by the YJB for different times of day. These are monitored by the YJB and have not changed since 2010. Minimum staffing levels for the normal operating model are illustrated in Table 2, which also indicates unit sizes at each of the four establishments.

Table 2: Minimum staffing levels for STCs by unit size

Unit size

Minimum staffing levels

Establishment

5 bed

2 custodial staff:5 young people

Medway, Rainsbrook

6 bed

2 custodial staff:6 young people

Medway, Rainsbrook

7 bed

2 custodial staff:7 young people

Hassockfield

8 bed

3 custodial staff:8 young people

Medway, Oakhill, Rainsbrook

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