In January 2016 the Justice Secretary announced the formation of an Independent Improvement Board for Medway Secure Training Centre (STC) to:
- investigate the safeguarding arrangements at Medway in order to inform the development and approval of the improvement plan to be produced by G4S and any steps to be taken by the Youth Justice Board (YJB) and other organisations
- oversee, challenge and support G4S in implementing their improvement plan
- report to the Secretary of State on the Board’s confidence in the capability of G4S, YJB and other organisations to meet appropriate safeguarding standards at Medway STC in the future, and the performance and monitoring arrangements required to provide assurance
- submit any recommendations on the safeguarding of young people in custody, including the role of the YJB and other organisations, to inform practice in the wider youth custodial estate and Charlie Taylor’s review of the youth justice system.
This report sets out the findings and recommendations of the Board. The MOJ response to the recommendations is also published.