Secure units and young people: In search of home to call your own

Originally posted on Promoting Open Justice in the Court of Protection:
By Anna Rebowska, 2nd September 2021 An earlier blog post reports on a COP case in which a 17-year-old girl (anonymised as “N”) endured numerous placement breakdowns and found herself repeatedly detained in Emergency Department and in police stations for her own protection and…

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse custodial institutions report: government response

Government response to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) custodial institutions report about placement in secure children’s homes. (as updated 7 May 2021) Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/independent-inquiry-into-child-sexual-abuse-custodial-institutions-report-government-response

Placing children for ‘welfare’ and ‘justice’ reasons together in secure children’s homes

Research report considering whether the practice of placing children together in secure children’s homes for justice and welfare reasons increases the risk of child sexual abuse. GOV.UK Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/placing-children-for-welfare-and-justice-reasons-together-in-secure-childrens-homes

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021: secure schools factsheet – GOV.UK

What are we going to do? We are introducing a measure to ensure that operating a secure school can be a charitable activity. This measure will provide charitable providers confidence that they can operate secure schools in line with both their charitable objects and the government’s secure schools vision. We are also introducing a measureContinue reading “Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021: secure schools factsheet – GOV.UK”

Secure children’s home scheme aims to help young people ‘transition’ back into the community

An innovative new scheme could be launched at a secure children’s home to help young people transition back into their communities. Aycliffe Secure Centre, which is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, provides a secure and caring home for young people between the ages of 10 and 18 with a range of complex problems and vulnerabilities. ThisContinue reading “Secure children’s home scheme aims to help young people ‘transition’ back into the community”

Almost 1,500 children in England are locked up by the state at a cost of a third of a billion a year

The Children’s Commissioner for England report shines a light on the hundreds of children in England who are locked up in institutions across the country. The report, “Who are they? Where are they? Children locked up” gathers together for the first time all the data currently available about some of the most vulnerable children inContinue reading “Almost 1,500 children in England are locked up by the state at a cost of a third of a billion a year”