Youth Custody: Standards

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 30th June 2021.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the report of a monitoring visit to Oakhill secure training centre, published by Ofsted and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons on 22 June 2021, what steps he is taking to ensure that there is strong integration and communication between youth custody officers and specialist staff on the management of particular children.

Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the report of a monitoring visit to Oakhill secure training centre, published by Ofsted and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons on 22 June 2021, what steps he is taking to ensure that frontline youth custody staff are consulted on management decisions to move particular children to a different residential unit.

Photo of Alex Chalk Alex Chalk Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Those working day-to-day with children should be supported by a structure that equips them to do the best work possible with that child. That includes frontline staff being part of formulating plans for how best to support and care for children. The YCS is working with the contractor G4S which manages Oakhill Secure Training Centre (STC) on a range of steps to better support frontline staff.

Oakhill STC is adjusting how they deploy their staff to be more efficient and allow them to attend review meetings relating to children they work closely with. As part of this, mental health professionals will form part of the initial training for staff to help them better understand how these issues can shape the way they work.

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