Solitary confinement and restraint in youth detention

The Joint Committee on Human Rights has published a report from its inquiry into solitary confinement and restraint in youth detention.

It finds that children’s rights are being commonly breached due to unacceptably high rates of restraint and being separated from human contact too often and for too long. Black, Asian and minority ethnic children are particularly affected, experiencing higher rates of segregation and restraint.

The report recommends improvements in data collection; more transparency over decision-making when children are separated for a prolonged period of time; and prohibiting the use of specific pain-inducing techniques and restraint for the purposes of ‘discipline and good order’.

Read the report here