Public hearing on the use of force on children in custody

The Carlile Inquiry: five years on

Lord Carlile of Berriew QC conducted public hearings on the use of force on children in custody. The first hearing took place in the House of Lords on Wednesday 11 May 2011. The hearing marked the five year anniversary of Lord Carlile's independent inquiry into the use of physical restraint, solitary confinement and forcible strip searching of children in penal custody. 

A second hearing took place on Monday 6 June 2011.

Lord Carlile called on expert witnesses to give oral evidence at the hearing. His aim was to investigate policy and practices regarding the use of force on children in custody and its impact on children's health and mental well-being.

The following people gave evidence on 11 May

  • Laura Janes, solicitor and legal officer for children, the Howard League for Penal Reform
  • John Drew, Chief Executive, the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales
  • Sue Berelowitz, deputy children's commissioner, the Office of the Children's Commissioner
  • Carolyne Willow, national co-ordinator, CRAE

The following people gave evidence on 6 June.

  • Nick Hardwick, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons
  • Paul Cook, G4S children's services
  • Eric Baskind, Chair, British Self Defence Governing Body
  • Malcolm Stevens, Director, JusticeCare Solutions 

Visit our Youtube channel to view the footage from the hearings.

You can download the latest report from the Howard League for Penal Reform on the use of restraint on children in custody - Twisted: the use of force on children in custody here.

Written evidence has been received from:

The Ministry of Justice and the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales

The Office of the Children's Commissioner

Children's Rights Alliance for England

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons

Ofsted

The Equality and Human Rights Commission

Inquest

Kids Company

Eric Baskind, British Self Defence Governing Body