Press release

YJB responds to inspection of Cookham Wood Young Offender Institution (YOI)

HMI Prisons reports there are some improvements at Cookham Wood YOI, but overall concerns have grown.

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Lin Hinnigan, Chief Executive of the Youth Justice Board, said:

“We are pleased to see that HMIP inspectors have recognised the progress made at Cookham Wood YOI, which is especially encouraging in the light of the challenging and vulnerable cohort of young people whose needs the establishment seeks to address.

“There are falling levels of self-harm, boys with complex needs are receiving good levels of care and planning for boys’ release is being organised well. However, the report also finds that the number of violent incidents remains high and that too many boys do not feel safe at Cookham Wood YOI. We will continue to work with NOMS to help ensure progress is made in these areas.”

You can read the full HMI Prisons’ report here

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Published 22 September 2015