Youth Custody: Medical Examinations

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 14 July 2022.

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Photo of Steve Reed Steve Reed Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that leaders of institutions in the youth estate (a) review the data generated by the Comprehensive Health Assessment Tool, (b) evaluate its efficacy in all areas and (c) ensure that it generates equitable access to services across ethnic groups.

Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

NHS England has statutory responsibility for the commissioning of health services in secure and detained settings, including for the children and young people secure estate and this is undertaken by regional health and justice teams. Following the publication of ‘The Lammy Review: An independent review into the treatment of, and outcomes for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in the Criminal Justice System’, NHS England has aimed to enable central data extraction, including from the Comprehensive Health Assessment Tool, to review this data.

During 2021/22, data on those with protected characteristics has been collected for use by the adult secure estate. This approach is being developed during 2022/23 to inform the continuous improvement of care of children and young people in secure settings.

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