all credits: INQUEST
published: 14 March 2013
The parliamentary Justice Committee has published its report of a year long inquiry into youth justice. The Committee found that there were ‘three very serious issues in the custodial estate that require action’:
‘First, it is imperative to draw together and act upon lessons arising from the deaths of vulnerable young people in custody.
‘Secondly, we are concerned that the use of restraint, which has been linked to at least one of these deaths, rose considerably last year and press for a fundamental cultural shift across the secure estate.
‘Thirdly, we recommend more and better co-ordinated support for looked after children and care leavers in custody, who are all too often abandoned by children’s and social services.’
INQUEST gave both written and oral evidence to the Committee.
Deborah Coles, co-director of INQUEST said:
“Many of the issues of concern highlighted in this report are raised time and again at inquests into the deaths of vulnerable young people. As the Committee has recognised, failings in the system of looked after children, high levels of restraint, self harm and ultimately death are persistent features of the current youth justice system”.