source: Society | The Guardian
published: 25 May 2015
Nearly eight years ago, the judge presiding over the inquest into the restraint death of 15-year-old Gareth Myatt in Rainsbrook secure training centre in 2004 wrote to the then justice secretary, Jack Straw.
He gave 34 detailed recommendations for, among other things, improving oversight of the prison. Yet it would appear from its media statement that the Youth Justice Board only found out about the eight cases of serious staff misconduct, with at least six sackings, after being contacted by Ofsted earlier this year (Six sacked from G4S centre slated by Ofsted, 21 May).
The YJB is in charge of the government contract with G4S; it has its own monitor on the premises. Presumably it did not know a child with a fracture (possibly caused by restraint) had been denied medical treatment for 15 hours? That 15 children had been injured during restraint in a six-month period and the company had failed to pass on key information to government officials monitoring restraint, or that nurses are not present when children are restrained?