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Recognise failure for successful secure schools

This April would have been the 25th anniversary of the opening of Medway Secure Training Centre (STC). Like most, if not all, secure establishments it had a rocky start but represented the beginning of a major reform in youth justice. As we await the birth of the new secure school on the site of the original STC it is worth reflecting on the past 25 years.

Secure children’s homes: Inspections Clinic

Secure children’s homes cater for some of the most vulnerable children but there is a serious shortage of placements. Jo Stephenson looks at how good partnerships and staff levels are key to inspection outcomes.

MPs ‘shocked and appalled’ by treatment of children at STC

  • Monday, March 29, 2021
An influential group of MPs has called on the government to consider taking back control of a privately-run secure training centre (STC) where children were locked in their cells for more than 23 hours a day, saying they are “shocked and appalled” by conditions.

Inspectors praise progress at YOI blighted by violence

  • Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Inspectors have praised “commendable progress” at Feltham young offender institution (YOI), which had been singled out for intensive support by the government to tackle its rising incidents of violence and self-harm.

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