Young Persons Unit praised by HMIP report
A South Wales prison managed by G4S has been praised for its treatment of young people in an official report published today by HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP).
HMP & YOI Parc, in Bridgend, is the only privately-run prison in Wales and one of the UK’s largest, with over 1400 prisoners, including 300 young offenders and 64 remanded and sentenced young people. The report focuses specifically on the Young Persons Unit, following an unannounced visit by the HM Inspectorate of Prisons in September 2010.
Although the unit is the only one of its kind in Wales, Chief Inspector of Prisons Nick Hardwick reported that it was one of the “best in the prison system” and had made “significant improvements” since its last inspection.
In the introduction to his report Mr Hardwick said that the unit provided a “decent environment” for the young people, with a greater range of activities, combined with better arrangements to resettle and reintegrate them into society. Overall these were “commendable developments” which confirmed its position as among the UK’s best.
The report found that the unit was performing well against the four metrics of the ‘healthy prison’ test: safety, purposeful activity, respect and resettlement, scoring highly in all the evaluation criteria. In particular, there was found to be no evidence of bullying, and little substance misuse.
Mr Hardwick citied the positive relationships between the prison staff and young people, with strong pastoral care provided by the chaplaincy and mental health care improving. Parc’s family support work was also praised.
Janet Wallsgrove, Director of HMP & YOI Parc, welcomed the report:
We’re delighted that Parc has been acknowledged as one of the best custodial facilities for young people in the prison system,” she said.
“The high scores awarded by HMIP are testament to the commitment and determination of our employees, our emphasis on continual improvement and a culture that supports innovation.”
Notes to Editors:
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1. HMP & YOI Parc is a category B prison managed by G4S Care and Justice Services (UK) holding convicted adults, convicted and remanded young offenders and convicted and remanded young people. Parc has an operational capacity of 1470 male prisoners and is the only privately-managed prison in Wales. For more information about Parc visit www.hmpparc.co.uk
2. A copy of the report can be found on the HM Inspectorate of Prisons website from 26 January 2011 at www.justice.gov.uk/inspectorates/hmi-prisons.
3. The inspection resulted in Parc being awarded a Grade ‘4’(performing ‘well’) ranking against three of the metrics of the healthy prison test and securing Grade ‘3’ (performing ‘reasonably well’) in the other metrics.
4. All recommendations made in the report which fall within Parc’s jurisdiction have been carried out. Where recommendations were made not within Parc’s control, relevant parties have been provided within the support information to action where necessary.