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Children's Commissioner's response to the INQUEST and Prison Reform Trust report, ‘Fatally Flawed'

24 October 2012

Maggie Atkinson, Children's Commissioner for England, said: 

"We welcome this important piece of work published today by INQUEST and the Prison Reform Trust. We know that there are many vulnerable children in prison who need targeted and often intense treatment while they are in custody. It is never acceptable for a child to come to harm while they are imprisoned and this situation does need close and careful monitoring and scrutiny, as demonstrated through research such as this today. The Office of the Children's Commissioner continues to work with the Ministry of Justice and the Youth Justice Board to provide scrutiny in this area through regular visits to secure establishments to monitor the welfare of children in custody. Some lessons have been learned from previous tragedies with action undertaken to prevent another young life tragically ending. The findings from this research will be extremely helpful to aid further improvements in this area."

ENDS

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