The Standing Committee for Youth Justice, alongside the Howard League for Penal Reform and the Children’s Rights Alliance for England have produced a briefing outlining our concerns with the Secure College proposals in the Criminal Justice & Courts Bill. The main points we are concerned about are:
- The size of secure colleges and the negative impacts this will have on child safety and secure children’s homes
- The inclusion of children and girls as young as 12 in Secure Colleges and the impact this could have on their rehabilitation and safety
- The use of restraint in Secure Colleges to “ensure good order and discipline”
More detail about the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill is available on the parliament website.