Young Offender Institutions: Restraint Techniques:Written question - 1482

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Asked on: 08 June 2015
Ministry of Justice
Young Offender Institutions: Restraint Techniques
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of incidents where restraint was used in each young offender institution in each year since 2010.
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Answered by: Andrew Selous
Answered on: 11 June 2015

Prison staff are trained to use specific systems of restraint to control violent prisoners. Wherever possible staff will try to de-escalate the situation by persuasion or negotiation. Staff only use restraint as a last resort to prevent violence, and where no other means of controlling the prisoner is possible. Where restraint techniques have to be applied, the minimum amount of force will be used for as short a time as possible. Healthcare staff examine all prisoners on whom force has been used.

Young Offender Institutions are responsible for holding Young People aged 15 to 17 and, in separate parts of the establishment, Young Adults aged 18 to 21. NOMS has developed a specialised system of restraint which is designed and independently accredited for use with Young People. This aims to minimise any use of physical force and, where it is used, to reduce the risk of injury to Young People as far as possible.

All prisons submit a central monthly return setting out the number of times force, including restraint has been used against individual prisoners. These figures include any incident where physical force was used against a prisoner no matter how small, including incidents where staff defend themselves from attack and where prisoners are handcuffed. The main measure used for recording use of force is the number of prisoners on whom force has been used, rather than number of individual incidents. All prisons must have local procedures in place to monitor and review the use of force within the establishment, including monitoring trends.

Since 2010 the number of times force has been used has fallen. Table 1 provides details of the number of Young People and Young Adults on whom force of any description was used categorised by Young Offender Institution1 and year.

Table 1: Number of young people and young adults on whom force was used, by establishment and calendar year

Prison Name

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

TOTAL

10,098

11,323

9,528

10,310

9,080

ALBANY

4

0

0

0

-

ALTCOURSE

74

114

135

135

153

ASHFIELD

665

2,211

1,114

181

0

AYLESBURY

376

251

215

220

385

BEDFORD

29

39

30

29

30

BELMARSH

0

0

0

21

37

BRINSFORD

242

326

324

245

603

BRISTOL

23

43

26

24

31

BRONZEFIELD

62

66

28

25

24

BULLINGDON

0

0

0

5

30

CARDIFF

0

0

1

11

24

CASTINGTON

124

0

0

-

-

CHELMSFORD

202

265

156

51

93

COOKHAM WOOD

461

399

564

408

674

DEERBOLT

189

283

118

212

274

DONCASTER

106

111

72

136

154

DORCHESTER

8

19

22

12

-

DOWNVIEW

19

20

36

28

0

DRAKE HALL

0

0

8

0

7

DURHAM

13

31

32

28

9

EASTWOOD PARK

67

33

21

49

24

ELMLEY

76

86

53

26

44

EXETER

34

36

23

22

35

FELTHAM

1,312

1,013

1,269

2,057

1,574

FOREST BANK

8

20

37

32

102

FOSTON HALL

4

5

38

13

3

GLEN PARVA

448

536

580

848

653

GLOUCESTER

0

4

18

-

-

HIGH DOWN

43

94

93

64

84

HIGHPOINT

0

0

0

0

0

HINDLEY

587

893

672

547

773

HOLLESLEY BAY

0

1

1

0

3

HOLLOWAY

43

36

38

13

25

HOLME HOUSE

5

18

18

11

14

HULL

19

16

15

13

30

HUNTERCOMBE

132

0

0

0

0

ISIS

63

273

417

405

152

LANCASTER FARMS

321

488

280

310

158

LEWES

8

23

24

21

26

LEYHILL

0

0

0

0

0

LINCOLN

6

11

10

4

5

LITTLEHEY

326

320

188

156

89

LOW NEWTON

50

9

15

8

4

MOORLAND

135

44

35

28

13

NEW HALL

34

51

63

30

20

NORTHALLERTON

150

66

23

13

-

NORWICH

24

59

37

45

55

NOTTINGHAM

1

34

33

38

30

ONLEY

20

0

0

0

0

PARC

390

303

287

236

251

PENTONVILLE

0

0

0

0

124

PETERBOROUGH

26

27

96

46

36

PORTLAND

222

242

228

167

131

PRESTON

0

0

26

29

37

READING

250

207

51

43

-

ROCHESTER

311

242

181

135

32

STOKE HEATH

446

196

66

30

5

STYAL

97

74

24

23

29

SWANSEA

1

6

8

11

16

SWINFEN HALL

143

133

181

117

125

THAMESIDE

-

-

31

214

145

THORN CROSS

25

10

8

1

2

WANDSWORTH

0

0

0

0

118

WARREN HILL

451

247

399

942

3

WERRINGTON

306

435

395

526

530

WETHERBY

424

578

590

1,033

641

WINCHESTER

0

0

0

18

49

WOODHILL

68

30

20

51

45

WORMWOOD SCRUBS

0

0

0

5

110

Notes to table:

1 Includes dedicated Young Offender Institutions and those establishments designated to hold young adults.

- denotes the establishment was not open.

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