Children in Custody

HM Inspectorate of Prisons has published a report looking at 12–18-year-olds’ perceptions of their experiences in secure training centres and young offender institutions in England and Wales for the period 2016/17. Findings from a survey of 720 young people show that: 22% of the young people surveyed in secure training centres reported feeling unsafe at some point since arriving, and 39% in young offender institutions reported they felt unsafe at some point. Other issues identified include: lack of support for young people due to staffing constraints; poor access to showers and phones; and young people being locked in their cells for up to 22 hours a day.

Further information: Children in custody 2016–17: an analysis of 12–18-year-olds’ perceptions of their experiences in secure training centres and young offender institutions (PDF)

Source: HM Inspectorate of Prisons