Warwickshire secure training centre 'improved' say inspectors

  • 02 Dec 2015 10:14
A report by government inspectors published today has found that Rainsbrook secure training centre for young offenders near Rugby in Warwickshire has improved
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With less than five months until Rainsbrook secure training centre for young offenders near Rugby in Warwickshire transfers to a new provider, a report by government inspectors published today has found that the centre has improved since the last assessment. 
 
In May an inspection team led by Ofsted, the government education monitor, rated Rainsbrook as ‘inadequate’, which was the first time in 16 years that the centre had received any rating less than ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’. 
 
Today’s report says that the Rainsbrook team has responded effectively to the inspectorates’ criticisms and 95 per cent of young people report that staff treat them with respect and 96 per cent say that their key worker tries to help them.
 
Education provision for young people is rated as ‘good’ and inspectors report that young people at the G4S-managed centre “value highly the rich variety” of subjects with 74 per cent of young people saying that they had learned skills for jobs they might like to do in the future.
 
Managing director for G4S children’s services, Paul Cook, said:
 
“Six months ago the safety and care of young people at Rainsbrook was rated as inadequate and I am encouraged that inspectors today report that the team has responded effectively to the findings of the last inspection and that the centre has improved.    
 
“We set out to return the centre to the high standards we have delivered over our previous 16 years and it is heartening that inspectors report many examples of staff putting themselves at risk to prevent harm to young people and that over 95 per cent of young people say that staff treat them with respect.   
 
“For every one month spent by a young person in Rainsbrook, our education team can add two and a half months to their reading age, four months to their spelling age and three months to their maths age.  In the period since inspectors last came to Rainsbrook, more than 1,250 qualifications have been awarded to young people at the centre.
 
“Although we will leave the centre at the end of April our commitment to the young people in our care, our colleagues and the Youth Justice Board is undiminished.  We continue to play our part in developing the centre and innovating – for example by supporting the pilot of body-worn video cameras – to deliver the best possible results for young people, their families and our professional and committed team.”
 
In September, the Youth Justice Board (YJB) announced that Rainsbrook would transfer to another provider on May 1, 2016 and G4S will leave the centre after 16 years’ in charge.  

Our Rainsbrook team has talked about their efforts to educate, train and rehabilitate young people on film and our director of education, Fiona Williams, has written about the challenges of educating young people in secure training centres on the G4S website.  

 


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