Ministry of Justice: 'Strenuous efforts are made to learn from child prison deaths'

Every death in custody is a tragedy for families and friends and has a profound effect on staff and other prisoners.

Young people in custody are some of the most vulnerable and troubled individuals in society and their safety is our highest priority.

Strenuous efforts are made to learn from each death and improve our understanding and procedures for caring for prisoners.

Findings from relevant reports and inquests are examined and incorporated into policies with guidance and lessons learned shared with custodial staff.

– A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman

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Child prison death warnings

Nine children and more than 190 other young people aged 24 and under have died in prisons or secure training centres in the last ten years, campaigners have said.