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Findings and Recommendations of the Youth Custody Improvement Board

The Youth Custody Improvement Board (YCIB) was asked by the previous Secretary of State for Justice, Michael Gove, to explore and report on the current state of the youth custodial estate and recommend how the system could be improved, particularly focusing on any current risks to safety and wellbeing. Their remit covered all under-18 Young Offender Institutions (YOIs) and Secure Training Centres (STCs) in England and Wales, but not Secure Children’s Homes (SCHs). They undertook their work between July 2016 and February 2017.

The Board visited all 8 establishments in their remit and spoke to directors and governors, staff and young people in each. They met a wide range of relevant stakeholders (see Annex B), both from within the youth custody system and outside. Their key findings and recommendations are set out below.