Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, responding to today’s report by the Chief Inspector of Prisons, said:
“This report paints a grim picture of the treatment of some of the most vulnerable children in Young Offender Institutions (YOIs). My office published a report on segregation in 2018 which raised many of these issues and the HMIP report supports our finding that some children segregated in YOIs are subject to conditions amounting to solitary confinement. Separation can have a profound impact on the mental health of young people and these harmful practices are not being properly recorded.
“Some of the conditions described in the HIMP report are dreadful and show a system which too often is failing to rehabilitate young people in prison. The whole system needs to be overhauled and data on these practices should be published in order to provide better oversight and improve chances of rehabilitation.”