Pain-inducing techniques and planned use of force at Wetherby Young Offender Institution

Wetherby Young Offender Institution. Picture: Bruce Rollinson.

Wetherby Young Offender Institution. Picture: Bruce Rollinson.

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Pain-inducing techniques, prone restraint, and planned interventions have been used at Wetherby Young Offender Institution (YOI), according to a government report.

Youth Justice Board findings on minimising and managing physical restraint (MMPR) broke down the number of incidents at the institution for prisoners under 18.

Between October 2013 and March 2014, there were 303 incidents involving force at the YOI - an average of 51 per month and 20 per 100 young people per month.

Studies also found that there were four incidents a month at Wetherby involving pain-inducing techniques, which are restricted to circumstances where it is necessary to protect a child or others from immediate risk of serious physical harm.

This particular information is under review by the board and CCTV of these incidents has been retained.

For the full report see today’s (December 11) Wetherby News.