Press release

YJB responds to the recent HMI Prisons inspection of HMYOI Cookham Wood

The Youth Justice Board (YJB) responds to HMI Prisons inspection of Cookham Wood under-18 young offender institution (YOI).

Youth Justice Board for England and Wales

Colin Allars, YJB Chief Executive, said:

The findings of this report show that Cookham Wood YOI continues to maintain and improve on the quality of service and care it provides to the young people placed there.

I am also pleased to note the Inspection Team’s comments about the impressive culture developing amongst the staff – who sometimes work in very challenging circumstances.

Although there is more work to be done to fully meet the standards expected, and to address concerning issues such as violent behaviour, the progress made is encouraging.

Notes to editors

Read the report on the HMI Prisons website

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Published 17 January 2017