SCYJ call to end the use of pain-inducing techniques in the children’s secure estate

The SCYJ has held longstanding opposition, as a point of principle, to the deliberate infliction of pain on children as part of any system of restraint.

We have submitted a statement to Charlie Taylor’s independent review of pain-inducing restraint, urging the Ministry of Justice and the Youth Custody Service to prohibit the use of pain-inducing techniques on children and across child custody as a whole. We join a wide range of bodies and organisations that have called for a ban.

The deliberate infliction of pain on children breaches the European Convention on Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The deliberate use of pain is damaging to children and causes unnecessary harm. It is also a fundamentally flawed model of how to resolve conflict and develop trusted relationships between staff and children.

Read our full statement here.