HC Deb 08 May 2000 vol 349 c297W
Mrs. Golding

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what methods of physical control and restraint will be used in the new juvenile secure estate; if different methods will be used according to the age of the child; and how the use of control and restraint will monitored. [120590]

Mr. Boateng

The methods of physical control and restraint currently in use in the juvenile secure estate vary according to the type of accommodation in which a young person is held.

Local authority secure units use a variety of control and restraint methods in line with Department of Health guidance. Secure training centres use physical control in care methods which are approved by the Home Secretary. Prison Service Young Offender Institutions follow control and restraint methods which may be used to resolve incidents involving violent prisoners of all ages and of both sexes.

The Youth Justice Board for England and Wales is responsible for monitoring regime standards and performance across all forms of juvenile secure accommodation. The Board intends to conduct a review of methods of physical control and restraint in juvenile secure accommodation with a view to identifying and promoting good practice.