Youth Custody: Crimes of Violence

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 number of assault incidents 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 safety and welfare of young people in custody is vital, and we take all assaults in youth custody extremely seriously. The number of assaults in youth custody can be influenced by a range of variables, including the size of the cohort and the complexity of the needs presented by young people in each establishment. These elements can differ considerably over time. Statistics on assaults by secure estate sector are provided in Chapter 8 of the Youth Justice Statistics publication, published annually in January: (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/youth-justice-annual-statistics-2013-to-2014).

We are currently taking forward a comprehensive programme of work to improve behaviour management in the youth secure estate, which includes a new CPS, Police and NOMS protocol to increase prosecutions for violence in adult and youth custody. A specific action plan to address violence in Young Offender Institutions (YOIs) is being taken forward by NOMS.

Overall, the number of assaults in STCs and under-18 YOIs has fallen since 2010. Table 1 shows the number of assaults in Secure Training Centres (STCs) and under-18 YOIs in each calendar year since 2010.

Table 1: Number of assaults in STCs and under-18 YOIs, 2010 to 2014

Establishment Type

Establishment

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Secure Training Centres

Hassockfield

184

131

185

230

107

Medway

442

389

197

182

201

Oakhill

178

139

115

150

334

Rainsbrook

294

251

147

205

167

STC Total

1,098

910

644

767

809

Under-18 Young Offender Institutions

Ashfield

294

582

319

45

0

Castington

18

0

0

0

0

Cookham Wood

191

101

269

144

236

Downview

1

10

20

1

0

Eastwood Park

8

2

7

0

0

Feltham

86

112

153

269

490

Hindley

224

254

163

167

177

Huntercombe

72

0

0

0

0

New Hall

16

3

0

0

0

Parc

70

99

69

69

87

Stoke Heath

100

18

0

0

0

Warren Hill

178

109

195

196

2

Werrington

105

175

162

351

253

Wetherby - Keppel Unit

64

61

59

55

53

Wetherby

183

210

188

168

215

YOI Total

1,610

1,736

1,604

1,465

1,513

1. These figures have been drawn from data published in the annual Youth Justice Statistics publication.

2. Assault is defined as the intentional use of unnecessary force that results in physical contact with the victim. It is not necessary for the victim to suffer injury of any kind. Assaults of a sexual nature are included in these figures. YJB figures are compiled using a different set of rules from figures published in the Safety in Custody statistical bulletin and therefore may differ from the latter.

3. The following establishments were decommissioned by the Youth Justice Board YJB: Castington - 21/08/2010, Huntercombe - 31/08/2010, Fosten Hall - 28/01/2011, Stoke Heath - 11/07/2011, Ashfield - 01/07/2013, New Hall - 04/07/2013, Eastwood Park - 22/07/2013, Downview - 19/08/2013, Warren Hill - 10/02/2014

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing and can be subject to change over time. Figures from April 2014 are provisional. The figures from April 2014 onwards will be finalised in the 2014/15 Youth Justice Statistics, which will be published in 2016.

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