Press release

YJB responds to report on the behaviour management and restraint of children and young people in custody

The YJB responds to a report on minimising and managing physical restraint (MMPR) in under-18 young offender institutions (YOIs) and secure training centres (STCs). It is published today by HM Inspectorate of Prisons.

Youth Justice Board for England and Wales

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

HMIP acknowledges that MMPR, with a comprehensive system of national governance, oversight and greater focus on de-escalation minimising the use of restraint, is a significant improvement on previous approaches to behaviour management. However, we are concerned that the report finds that the high standards of practice set for implementation of MMPR have not been met, and the negative effect this could have on young people.

The development of improved behaviour management practice is central to our work to support MMPR. We will use the report’s findings, with feedback from our own monitoring, to ensure that this work continues and delivers better experiences for young people in custody.

Note to editors

You can read the report on the HM Inspectorate of Prisons website

Youth Justice Board media enquiries

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Published 18 November 2015