Praise for child offenders' institution
An institution for child offenders has been rated
Medway Secure Training Centre, which is privately run by G4S in
Sir Evelyn Road, Rochester, was highly praised by Ofsted
It looks after up to 76 young people aged 12 to 17 who are
either serving custodial sentences or on remand.
In October, figures were revealed showing almost one child
inmate a week has needed medical treatment after being physically
restrained at Medway STC, pictured above.
More than 100 young offenders had wounds - including nose
bleeds, bruising and sprains - looked at after being restrained by
staff in the two years to 2009.
But an Ofsted inspection in September 2009 showed incidents of
physical restraint had decreased by more than half and rated the
overall quality at the centre as good.
Now two further surprise visits have been made by a team of
social care and education inspectors.
Their report found managers are "clearly confident and
competent" and highlighted the centre's ethos that "residents are
children first and offenders second".
Medway STC was rated outstanding across nearly every inspection
In the last year, 40 GCSEs have been gained by young people in the
Inspectors praised English and maths, with young people making
around eight months' progress in just three months.
Centre director Ben Saunders said: "We focus on providing a
healthy, safe, secure and caring environment for every child and
we're pleased that these areas have all been rated highly.
"However, we also strive to ensure that children leaving us do
so better equipped to return to their community and avoid
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