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Young Offender Institutions: Children

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 9th September 2019.

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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 safeguarding referrals to a local authority were made by each custodial institution holding children in each year since 2010.

Photo of Wendy Morton Wendy Morton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The information requested could not be provided without incurring disproportionate cost. In order to obtain it, we would need to collate reports of individual referrals made by all establishments holding young people under 18, over a period of ten years.

The Youth Custody Service takes the safety and well-being of young people in custody very seriously. It has conducted an internal review of safeguarding across the youth secure estate, and a new ‘Head of Safeguarding’ post has also been created to lead on taking forward this important area of work.

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