Publisher: The Howard League for Penal Reform
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In 2006 the Howard League published the findings of an independent inquiry, chaired by Lord Carlile of Berriew QC, into the use of restraint, solitary confinement and strip-searching in penal institutions for children.
The report, The Carlile Inquiry 10 years on, looks at what progress has been made since the Howard League published the findings of the inquiry.
In the 10 years since the inquiry concluded, there has been much progress in youth justice, not least the reduction in the number of children in custody in England and Wales. Despite this decrease in the number of children the majority of children are detained in institutions where restraint is routinely used.
In relation to the three specific areas that the inquiry looked at – restraint, solitary confinement and strip-searching – there have been some improvement but fundamental concerns remain. The slow and piecemeal progress in implementing the recommendations of the 2006 inquiry means, that 10 years on, children continue to be placed in danger and, because of poor and erratic treatment, they continue to reoffend.