Update regarding Medway Secure Training Centre
Having seen the evidence in the BBC Panorama programme we can confirm that we are taking the following action:
– Four of the staff suspended on December 30th will have their employment with G4S terminated with immediate effect
– Three other staff identified in the allegations will remain on suspension pending further investigation
– One additional person has been removed from operational duty pending further investigation
We have requested copies of all of the evidence collected by BBC Panorama in order for us to conduct a thorough investigation and take the appropriate action.
Commenting after the broadcast of the BBC’s Panorama programme regarding Medway Secure Training Centre, Paul Cook, G4S Managing Director of G4S Children’s Services said:
“We are appalled by the behaviour of certain members of staff at Medway Secure Training Centre shown in the programme and I would like to apologise personally to any young people involved in these incidents.”
Notes to Editors:
Medway STC is a 76-bed facility for young offenders (aged between 12 and 18) in Kent in the South East of England. The centre has been managed by G4S in close co-operation with the YJB since it opened in 1998. In the most recent Osfted led inspection, the centre was classified as “good with outstanding features” and was recently awarded the Restorative Justice Quality mark in recognition of the positive work undertaken with young people within the centre. Education attainment levels are high with 265 entry level GCSE certificates achieved by trainees last year and over 80% of young people leaving the centre with educational accreditation.
G4S works closely with the YJB to ensure the best possible care for the young people at the centre. There is a YJB performance monitor based permanently at the centre, on site NHS healthcare professionals and an independent advocacy service for young people at the centre provided by Barnado’s, a leading UK children’s charity.
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