Howard League responds to inspection of Rainsbrook secure training centre

By agency reporter
November 28, 2018

The Howard League for Penal Reform has responded to a joint inspection report on Rainsbrook secure training centre in Warwickshire, published on 27 November 2018.

The report – produced jointly by Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons – reveals the findings from an inspection conducted in October. For the safety of young people, the care of young people, and the health of young people, the establishment was rated as 'requires improvement'.

MTCnovo took over the running of the jail, which holds children, from G4S in May 2016.

Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: “Children should only be placed in settings where they are safe and where they can flourish. Once again, inspectors have found that Rainsbrook fails this test.

“The safety of children should never arise as a question; it should be a given. And yet, more than a year after Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons declared that there was not a single jail in the country that was safe for a child, and almost three years after a Panorama investigation exposed abuse in another secure training centre holding children, we continue to see reports such as this.

“It is disgraceful that, after all that has been said and done, the youth courts and the Ministry of Justice are still placing children in institutions where they are not safe.

“The Howard League opposed the creation of secure training centres in the 1990s and warned that children would be damaged and hurt in these institutions. A long line of inspection reports has underlined that this is a failed model of detention. After 30 years of children being mistreated, it is time to put an end to this.”

* Read the report here

* Howard League for Penal Reform https://howardleague.org/

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