Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Youth prison rated 'inadequate' after inmates found to be accessing pornography

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Ofsted delivered a critical assessment of Medway Secure Training Centre in Rochester, Kent, saying the stability of the facility "has been sorely undermined by a combination of significant factors". Police launched an investigation earlier this year following a BBC Panorama programme which went behind the scenes at the unit. The Government announced it would take over the running of the facility, which was previously run by G4S, from July. Ofsted carried out an inspection of Medway in June, before the change. Its report said the centre had lost significant numbers of staff at junior and senior managerial levels, adding that most staff were very inexperienced. Levels of violence in the centre were said to be very high and growing. "This includes violence between young people and violence towards staff, despite a small and stable population of young people," the report said. In the six months prior to the inspection, the centre reported 31 assaults on young people by other young people and 13 fights. Over the same period there were 51 reported assaults against staff. READ MORE