Category Archives: Young offenders

HMYOI Portland – Mixed Inspection Findings

There were mixed inspection findings at HMP & YOI Portland, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons. There was some impressive work going on but more attention needed to be given to recommendations arising from investigations into self-inflicted deaths and more training and education places were needed for prisoners. Today he published the report of… Continue Reading

Secure Colleges to go ahead

The Government is to press ahead with its plans for secure colleges for young offenders despite opposition from peers and claims from Labour they are an “accident waiting to happen”. Shadow justice minister Dan Jarvis argued in favour of a Lords amendment in the Commons today that would have prevented the institutions from housing girls… Continue Reading

HMP and YOI Wetherby – a well-led and effective Young Offender Institution

HMP & YOI Wetherby manages a challenging population well, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the Yorkshire young offender institution. HMP & YOI Wetherby was last inspected in early 2012. Since then two units have been mothballed owing to the fall in the national… Continue Reading

INQUEST response to the YJB Child Deaths Report

INQUEST response to Youth Justice Board report on deaths of children in custody Deborah Coles, co-director of INQUEST said: “Whilst this report offers some insight into the Board’s learning from child deaths, it can be no substitute for a wider review. “INQUEST’s work on the deaths of children shows the same issues of concern repeat… Continue Reading

YJB Child Deaths In Custody – Lessons Learnt Report Published

The YJB’s report Deaths of Children in Custody: Action Taken, Lessons Learnt explains the actions taken by the YJB in response to recommendations made by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, coroners and Serious Case Reviews, following the deaths of children in custody since 2000. It also identifies the work that still needs to be undertaken… Continue Reading

HMYOI Wetherby Keppel Unit – High standards of care in well run facility

The Keppel Unit at HMYOI Wetherby was extremely well run and provided a model for other specialist units for young people, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the special unit at the young offender institution in West Yorkshire. HMYOI Wetherby’s Keppel Unit, which opened… Continue Reading

Children and Young People in Custody – Some Improvements, Some Concerns

CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN CUSTODY – SOME IMPROVEMENTS, SOME CONCERNS Most young people’s perceptions of their treatment and conditions in custody had improved but there were indications that establishments were struggling to manage some of the most challenging or vulnerable, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, publishing two thematic reports on the results… Continue Reading

HMP and YOI Ashfield – high levels of violence and use of force by staff

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons,Nick Hardwick, above, in a report on Ashield Young Offender Institution published today says: In January 2013, the Justice Secretary announced plans to close HMYOI Ashfield and re-role it as an adult prison. The inspectorate had plans to conduct an unannounced inspection of the establishment in February 2013. We decided to… Continue Reading

Ashfield – high levels of violence and use of force by staff

Nick Hardwick, the Chief Inspector of Prisons, in a report to be published at midnight, says that in his final inspection of HMYOI Ashfield before it is re-roled from a juvenile institution to a category C adult male prison for sex offenders, he found there were high levels of violence, self-harm, along with high levels… Continue Reading

Hindley Prison: Inspectors found “overwhelming levels of self-harm and violence”

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, Nick Hardwick, in a report on Hindley Prison published today (25th April) says: HM Young Offender Institution Hindley is a large establishment just outside Wigan with the capacity to hold 440 boys and young people aged 15 to 18. At the time of this inspection it was only just over… Continue Reading