Feltham 'unacceptably violent'

Feltham Prison and Young Offender Institution in West London has been labelled an "unacceptably violent place" by inspectors who found an "unprecedentedly high" use of batons by staff.

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Inmates 'frightened' in 'violent youth prison'

A majority of young people inside Feltham Prison and Young Offenders Institute feel scared and unsupported, a damning report has revealed.

  • Self-harming behaviour within the institution remained high
  • Emergency cell bells were not answered quickly
  • Many young people said they were frightened and had little confidence in staff to keep them safe

Young people subjected to 'unacceptable' treatment

Young people within Feltham Prison and Young Offenders Institute are being subjected to unacceptable treatment, HM Inspectorate of Prisons found.

  • Violent incidents remained much too high
  • Prolonged use of isolation against young people aged 16 and 17 was 'unacceptable'
  • 'Unprecedentedly high' use of batons against adults aged 18 and 21 was 'unacceptable'

The work of some staff members was praised:

  • Staff put themselves in harms way to protect young people
  • Use of force to break up fights was 'proportionate and necessary'

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'Unprecedentedly high' use of batons by Feltham staff

Staff overuse 'unacceptable' methods of control such as prolonged isolation and baton beatings, according to inspectors. Credit: Press Association

Feltham Prison and Young Offender Institution in west London has been labelled an "unacceptably violent place" with an "unprecedentedly high" use of batons by staff in a damning report from HM Inspectorate of Prisons,

Feltham is divided into two parts, Feltham A holds children and young people, mostly aged 16 or 17, while Feltham B holds young adult men aged 18 to 21. Chief inspector of prisons Nick Hardwick said:

"Feltham as a whole is an unacceptably violent place. Despite excellent work in some cases, staff were unable to prevent a high number of very concerning incidents that carried a significant risk of serious injury.

"In my view staff were sometimes overwhelmed by the challenges they faced and as a consequence, some of their response, such as the prolonged use of isolation on the children and young people's side and the use of batons on the young adult side, were unacceptable."

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