SCYJ has responded to the Ministry of Justice consultation on draft ‘Secure Schools: How to Apply’’ guidance. The guide sets out the expectations of Secure Schools and the procedure that prospective Secure School providers must take.
SCYJ applauds the detail included in the draft guide and welcomes a number of elements, including the recognition of the vulnerability of children in custody and the need to develop a child-focused, individualised provision with a specialized workforce.
However, we do have some concerns, particularly with regards to the place of cost in the assessment process, and we would welcome further details on aspects not yet covered by the guide. We have made a variety of recommendations and offered practical guidance to ensure that Secure Schools will be developed with a child-focused approach.
Read our full response here.