Ministry of Justice Consultation & Response
UKAP participated in this consultation process, and has provided their response to the consultation questions.
For details of UKAP’s advice, please click here to view the PDF.
Transforming Youth Custody - government response to the consultation - Friday 17th January 2014
The Ministry of Justice published the response to its consultation Transforming Youth Custody: Putting education at the heart of detention. The response to the consultation can be found online.
Young people deserve access to a high quality education which will allow them to fulfil their potential. Youth custody provides an opportunity to equip young offenders with the skills, qualifications and self-discipline they need to build a life free from crime.
We are today setting out plans to introduce a pathfinder Secure College, a new secure educational establishment which will put education at the heart of youth custody. The pathfinder Secure College will open in the East Midlands in 2017 and, if proven successful, will provide a blueprint for a network of Secure Colleges across England and Wales to replace most existing youth custodial provision.
Enhancing existing provision
As well as taking forward our plans to introduce a Secure College, we are improving education provision in Young Offender Institutions (YOIs).
At present, 15-17 year olds in YOIs receive an average of only 12 hours contracted education a week. We are today launching a competition for new contracts which will seek to more than double the number of hours young people in YOIs spend in education each week.
We are committed to improving the resettlement of young people in order that progress in custody is built upon on release. We want all young people to be returning to suitable accommodation, with more going into education, training or employment and fewer going on to reoffend.