Youth Custody: Restraint Techniques:Written question - 28142

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Asked on: 23 February 2016
Ministry of Justice
Youth Custody: Restraint Techniques
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many injuries were sustained by children during restraint in each custodial institution in each of the last eight years.
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Corrected answer by: Andrew Selous
Corrected on: 08 April 2016
An error has been identified in the written answer given on 06 April 2016.
The correct answer should have been:

As the Justice Secretary has said, the safety and welfare of all those in custody is vital.

Although youth crime is down, reoffending rates are far too high and the care and supervision of young people in custody is not good enough. Restraint should only be used as a last resort, when young people are putting their own safety and the safety of others at risk.

In 2012, we introduced the Minimising and Managing Physical Restraint (MMPR). Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons has welcomed the significant improvements that MMPR has brought.

The number of minor and serious injuries requiring medical treatment resulting from RPIs is published in Chapter 8 of the Youth Justice Annual Statistics:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/youth-justice-annual-statistics-2014-to-2015

We are investigating the accuracy of all restraint injury data from Medway Secure Training Centre.

The number of young people that establishments recorded as injured during incidents that required Restrictive Physical Intervention in each institution in the youth secure estate in each of the last eight years is set out in the attached document. This includes the following categories of injury: (i) serious injury requiring hospital treatment (ii) minor injuries requiring medical treatment and (iii) minor injuries, no treatment required.

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Answered by: Andrew Selous
Answered on: 06 April 2016

As the Justice Secretary has said, the safety and welfare of all those in custody is vital.

Although youth crime is down, reoffending rates are far too high and the care and supervision of young people in custody is not good enough. Restraint should only be used as a last resort, when young people are putting their own safety and the safety of others at risk.

In 2012, we introduced the Minimising and Managing Physical Restraint (MMPR). Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons has welcomed the significant improvements that MMPR has brought.

The number of minor and serious injuries requiring medical treatment resulting from RPIs is published in Chapter 8 of the Youth Justice Annual Statistics:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/youth-justice-annual-statistics-2014-to-2015

We are investigating the accuracy of all restraint injury data from Medway Secure Training Centre.

The number of young people that establishments recorded as injured during incidents that required Restrictive Physical Intervention in each institution in the youth secure estate in each of the last eight years is set out in the attached document. This includes the following categories of injury: (i) serious injury requiring hospital treatment (ii) minor injuries requiring medical treatment and (iii) minor injuries, no treatment required.

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