Incentivising and promoting good behaviour in custody

HM Inspectorate of Prisons has published a report on behaviour management schemes in secure training centres (STCs) and young offender institutions (YOIs).

It says the schemes have been ineffective, particularly at reducing violence, and too focused on punishment, rather than incentivising and rewarding good behaviour.

The report sets out nine recommendations, including: staff working in residential units should have the skills and time to build positive relationships with young people; rewards and sanctions schemes should focus on promoting and rewarding good behaviour; young people should receive at least ten hours out of their cell each day; and the response to violence and bullying should focus on identifying and addressing the underlying reasons.

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