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

Ain’t Misbehaving

First published in Children and Young People Now, May 2016 Kathy Evans piece from 2016 is pertinent to the many reviews that are underway regarding children’s social care. (Residential Forum comment) In the course of my career I’ve observed five ‘paradigms of childhood misbehaviour’ – five distinct ways of conceptualising what is happening when childrenContinue reading “Ain’t Misbehaving”

Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre

Justice Committee – House of Commons This is a shocking read…. Conclusions and recommendations The litany of inaction and what one inspector called “utter incompetence” at Rainsbrook year after year provides a cautionary tale of how badly an arms-length relationship between the Ministry of Justice as a client and MTC as the company hired toContinue reading “Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre”

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”

Proposed changes to joint inspections of secure training centres

Consultation description This consultation seeks your views on the proposed changes to joint inspections of secure training centres (STCs). In particular: a revised judgement structure for joint inspections of STCs   a strengthened response to inadequate judgements of STCs   the introduction of a ‘point-in-time’ survey of children’s views, replacing the current HMIP-led on-site surveyContinue reading “Proposed changes to joint inspections of secure training centres”