Young Offenders: Solitary Confinement

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 23rd January 2019.

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Photo of Seema Malhotra Seema Malhotra Labour/Co-operative, Feltham and Heston

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many young offenders have been kept in solitary confinement for 22 hours a day in each Young Offenders Institution in the last month for which figures are available.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Our response to PQ 141024 provided a breakdown of the total number of hours young people spent in segregation in each Young Offender Institution, where data is available, over the last 5 years. HMPPS are in the process of reviewing how this data is collected across each establishment in the Youth Estate.

The safety and welfare of young people in our care is the core priority of the Youth Custody Service and children are never subject to solitary confinement. There are some occasions when it is necessary to remove children from association. On those occasions they will, as far as possible, have access to a regime that is comparable to the normal regime; including entitlements to social and legal visits, religious services, access to the phone, education, showers and exercise in the open air and, where possible, in association with other removed children.

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