Violent assaults on children surge 70% at Young Offenders Institutions
A Prison Inspectorate report on Cookham Wood Young Offenders Institution (YOI) in Kent finds that violence is “too high”.
The rate of violent assaults on children has surged in the past two years in a facility holding 87 children aged 15 to 18.
The facility’s population reduced by 40% in the last 2 years but rates of assaults on children have increased by nearly 70%.
The numbers of assaults and serious assaults on children was found to be higher than in similar establishments, with violence causing 49 recorded injuries in the last 12 months.
Children were also found to not have enough hours of education, to spend a poor amount of time outside cells and staff were found not to engage with children and lacked energy.
This follows mounting concerns of youth custody estates with two out of four children’s facilities in England and Wales closing and Oakhill secure training centre being issued an “urgent notification” last month.