Political News Updates

13.05.2014

Secure Colleges

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received from Ofsted on his plans to introduce secure colleges. [197625]

Jeremy Wright: In April 2013, Ofsted submitted a response to the Government’s Transforming Youth Custody consultation, which set out our proposals for secure colleges.

The Government values the important role Ofsted performs in inspecting the provision of support and education in the custodial estate for under-18s. We are therefore legislating in the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill for Ofsted, along with Her Majesty’s inspectorate of prisons (HMIP) to have a duty to inspect secure colleges.

My officials have regular discussions with Ofsted in relation to the inspection of youth custody, and are discussing with them, in conjunction with HMIP, arrangements for the inspection of secure colleges.