The campaign to End Child Imprisonment has today published Principles and minimum expectations for children deprived of their liberty, which provides a framework for addressing harmful behaviour and supporting vulnerable children outside of prison settings.
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Child Imprisonment: Why we should abolish imprisonment for children and young people, the latest from the campaign to end child imprisonment, is a short documentary about the harms of depriving children of their liberty.
Dr David Scott interviews campaigners who have been personally affected by the issue, and Carolyne Willow, Director of Article 39.
David closes the video saying:
The Centre's director, Richard Garside, is co-signatory of a letter calling for Medway's closure.
After Panorama's revelations three years ago of the abuse taking place in G4S-run Medway secure training centre, the latest Ofsted inspection report found that pain-inducing restraint techniques are still being used.
The letter is part of a wider campaign against child imprisonment led by Article 39 with a coalition of organisations including the Centre.
The controversial security company G4S should be stripped of its contract to run Oakhill secure training centre, the Director of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, Richard Garside, said today, following a damning Ofsted report on the institution.
Richard also called for the government to close the three secure training centres – Medway, Oakhill and Rainsbrook – as part of a plan to end the imprisonment of children.
Commenting on reports that five people have been arrested on suspicion of misconduct in public office at the G4S-run Medway Secure Training Centre, our Deputy Director Will McMahon said:
At an appropriate moment, the Justice Select Committee should hold the G4S board to account for how it was that children were bullied and abused in their care and why the management of Medway was so shambolic.
You can now read an article by Hannah Pittaway on the Reclaim Justice Network website about the various ways that the privatisation of prisons undermines the safety and care of vulnerable children inside them.
In January a Panorama investigation uncovered serious violent abuse of child prisoners at G4S-run Medway Secure Training Centre.
Imprisoned children and young people should not be treated as a commodity, to be bought and sold by the highest bidder, the Centre's director Richard Garside said today.
He was responding to the announcement by controversial security company G4S that it was selling its UK children's services business.
Commenting on the news, Richard Garside said:
The number of injuries to children in prisons caused during restraint is nearly five times higher than the government has previously disclosed, The Guardian reports. The figures were revealed in a Parliamentary answer by Home Office minister Mike Penning last week.
Seven staff members at a G4S run children's prison in Kent have been suspended over claims they violently abused children at the facility, the BBC reports.
The revelations come from an undercover investigation by BBC's Panorama into Medway Secure Training Centre in Rochester. The allegations relate to ten boys aged 14 to 17 and are being investigated by Kent police.
Alleged abuses by staff include: