Medway has more to do

Inspectors say they are “very concerned” about deficiencies in
the child protection policy and the “practices which flow from it”
at Medway secure training centre in Kent.

The Social Services Inspectorate report, based on an inspection
carried out in January and published last week, recommends the
involvement of a “suitably qualified professional” in child
protection referrals.

Chairperson of the Youth Justice Board Lord Warner said:
“Challenges for the centre are not over, targeted improvements do
need to be made and progress will continue to be monitored.”

The report also stated that a range of positive initiatives have
significantly improved standards at Medway, which houses up to 44
young offenders, mostly serving detention orders of less than six
months. It recently began admitting girls and the inspectorate said
staff were working well to integrate them.

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