Monday, March 17, 2008

Child Abuse: End abuse in custody - not in ten years time - now!

In a country that is increasingly becoming associated overseas with child abuse, prompting radio announcers to ask, "What the hell is going on over there", the NSPCC is to launch a campaign demanding an end to "violent" and "degrading" assaults on children in custody.

The NSPCC warns that teenagers held in the UK's privately run detention centres face a life where "anger, violence and aggression are commonplace". It has amassed a dossier detailing a litany of abuse, including broken bones, cuts and bruising, suffered by teenagers as young as 14.

The evidence will be submitted to an independent review into restraint that will report next month. The review was set up in the wake of inquests held last year into the deaths of a 14-year-old and a15 year old, who both died in separate secure training centres after being restrained by staff in 2004.

It is expected to recommend an end to "distraction" techniques – painful methods of striking and restraining teenagers.

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