SCYJ response to the Joint Inspectorates’ ‘Proposed changes to the joint inspections of secure training centres’ Consultation

SCYJ has responded to a consultation on proposed changes to the joint inspections of secure training centres (STCs). The inspectorates describe the rationale for the changes as ensuring that children’s experiences and progress are central to inspections, and bringing greater consistency to the way in which the experiences of children in custody are viewed by more closely aligning the inspection of STCs with inspections of other children’s services.

We welcome the principle of closer alignment put forth by the inspectorates, however we note an obvious risk with regards to distancing the inspection of Youth Offender Institutions (YOI). We generally agree with proposals to revise the judgement structure for inspections, and plans for a more robust and consistent response to an ‘inadequate’ judgement following an inspection.

Read our full response here.