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INQUEST responds to government announcement of new system of restraint for young offenders
11 July 2012
11 July 2012
The government has formally announced the publication of a new system of restraint for use in Secure Training Centres and Young Offender Institutions, entitled ‘Minimising and Managing Physical Restraint’.
It has also announced a replacement for the Restraint Advisory Board, the Independent Restraint Advisory Panel.
Deborah Coles, INQUEST co-director said:
“It should not be forgotten that this had to come about as a result of the deaths of two children, Gareth Myatt and Adam Rickwood nearly eight years ago in the most shocking circumstances.
“Despite the Ministry of Justice stating that restraint was only ever used as a last resort, sadly history has shown this not to have been the case and that children were being routinely and unlawfully restrained.
“The gross failings in the monitoring and regulation of restraint of children must now be addressed through the utmost vigilance of how this new system is implemented, monitored and inspected.
“The litmus test of the changes announced yesterday will be that the restraint of children becomes an extremely rare occurrence.”
Full details of the new system can be found here
‘At the time of the tragedy, I had no idea of what to do or who to turn to. By luck, I found yourselves and contacted you, the rest as we say is history. On behalf of [my brother's] family, friends and myself I would just like to thank you so much for your professional support and advice during that difficult period and without that help, I do not think we would be where we are today.’
– Brother of a man who died in police custody