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Oakhill Secure Training Centre

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 11th June 2018.

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Photo of Richard Burgon Richard Burgon Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and which of the recommendations set out in the November 2017 report into Oakhill Secure Training Centre due to be completed (a) immediately, (b) within three months and (c) within six months have been met.

Photo of Phillip Lee Phillip Lee The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The information requested is given in the table below:

Recommendation

Timescale

Status

All young people’s plans, interventions and risk assessments require urgent reviewing to ensure that they take full account of the young people’s offending histories, abuse histories, vulnerabilities, and other key events in their lives. Risk assessments should be regularly updated to ensure that they are effective and help to keep all young people and staff safe.

Immediate

Completed

All staff who work with young people should be aware of their risk and behaviour management plans. These plans should clearly set out what staff should do to maximise the safety of all young people and staff.

Immediate

Completed

Ensure that all managers at all levels are sufficiently competent and experienced to execute their roles effectively.

Immediate

Completed

All staff should be confident and consistent in ensuring expected standards of behaviour and that rules, incentives, rewards and sanctions are applied fairly.

Immediate

Completed

All allegations of abuse or harm should be responded to in accordance with internal policies, statutory guidance, and to the satisfaction of external safeguarding partners such as the local authority and the police service.

Immediate

Completed

Ensure that all incidents of bullying are responded to swiftly, investigations are thorough and completed, and subsequent actions are monitored to reduce bullying.

Immediate

Completed

Young people’s psychological needs, including their offending behaviour, must be addressed swiftly with appropriate interventions and young people should have access to sufficient psychiatric and psychological services.

Immediate

Completed

All force and restraint should be proportionate and subject to independent oversight.

Immediate

Completed

Suicide and self-harm assessments and plans should be fully recorded and take account of all available information when being constructed and reviewed.

Immediate

Completed

All single separations should be properly authorised and recorded. There should be a clear policy on longer term separation that provides for a full daily regime and specifies the need for concerted efforts to resolve the issues leading to the separation.

Immediate

Completed

Ensure that all searches are proportionate to risks and are fully recorded.

Immediate

Completed

Improve communication and collaboration between education staff and unit staff to ensure effective joint working to better support young people’s behaviour and attendance.

Immediate

Completed

All impediments to implementing the new curriculum should be addressed so that it can be got underway. This includes vetting new staff as swiftly as possible and refurbishing the teaching areas.

Immediate

Completed

Review the policy and procedures relating to the use of bedroom shower viewing panels to better promote young people’s safety, privacy and dignity. The use of these panels should be appropriately monitored and authorised to reduce the potential for misuse.

Immediate

Completed

Ensure that all handcuff use is properly authorised and recorded, including any times when handcuffs are removed.

Immediate

Completed

Managers should immediately and regularly assess the safety of the environment and remove or repair all hazards promptly.

Immediate

Completed

Ensure that substance misuse staff receive formal recorded supervision.

Immediate

Completed

All relevant staff should be competent in assessing risk and understanding the nature of offending.

3 months

Completed

Improve and then maintain the condition of the residential units to ensure that they provide a suitable standard of accommodation to meet young people’s needs.

3 months

Completed

The use of ICT should be resumed to improve teaching resources and enable young people to develop these skills and achieve accreditation.

3 months

Completed

Good standards of cleanliness should be maintained throughout the centre, with young people being encouraged and assisted to take responsibility for their rooms and communal areas.

3 months

Completed

Extend CCTV coverage, particularly in those areas that young people repeatedly describe as unsafe, including the education department and the stairwells.

6 months

In progress

Increase the opportunities for young people to express their views about the centre and be involved in future developments.

6 months

Completed

Update the information available to young people when first admitted to the centre to ensure that it is child-friendly and provides an accurate description of what they can expect.

6 months

In progress

Develop an effective resettlement strategy informed by a comprehensive needs analysis.

6 months

Completed

The centre should work with the Youth Custody Service to reduce the number of young people who are admitted late at night to the centre.

6 months

Completed

Ensure that all measures are in place to reduce the potential for any security intelligence reports to be mislaid.

6 months

Completed

Food provision and portion sizes should be reviewed to ensure that they are adequate and appetising.

6 months

Completed

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