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Latest from the campaign to end child imprisonment

In advance of today's Westminster Hall debate on the abolition of child imprisonment, the steering group of the End Child Imprisonment campaign have produced a joint briefing

The document is unequivocal that the child's best interests must always be a primary consideration and urges cross-party commitment to the immediate closure of young offender institutions and secure training centres.

End child imprisonment video by Open University

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:

Joint call for closure of Medway secure training centre

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.

Comment on damning new report on G4S-run Oakhill

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.

Comment on further arrests over child prison

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.

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