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Chief Inspector calls for major overhaul of harmful separation of children in young offender custody

Friday 24th of January 2020 | Europe, United Kingdom
HM Inspectorate for prisons
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Many children separated from their peers in young offender institutions (YOIs) are effectively held in harmful solitary confinement, with little human contact and in conditions which risk damaging their mental health, according to a new report.

HM Inspectorate of Prisons found fundamental flaws in the use of separation in the five YOIs in England and Wales. Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, said: “As a consequence of these failings most separated children experienced a regime that amounted to the widely accepted definition of solitary confinement. For some of these children, their solitary confinement was prolonged in nature.” He called for an “entirely new approach” to separation.

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