Response to the Draft Framework on Managing Separation in the Children and Young People Secure Estate
29 July 2021
“The framework is a welcome step in the right direction. However, there needs to be greater clarity about what it means for separation to be a last resort and about provision for children who have been separated.
“The language of “self-isolation” implicitly blames children for feeling unsafe or unwell in custody. If children feel unable to leave their cells, this should prompt reflection on the failings of the regime. It should not be treated as the individual responsibility of the child.
“Separation must be subject to external scrutiny and robust procedural safeguards. It is essential that professionals and loved ones in the community are informed when a child is separated. Children should be supported to access advocacy and legal advice before and during separation and should be reminded that they can make representations before they are separated.”