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Thorn Cross YOI wins praise from prison watchdog
7:30am Friday 6th July 2012 in News
AN Appleton youth offenders institute has been praised as high performing and effective following a recent inspection.
Thorn Cross YOI received a positive report following the spot check.
Areas of praise included safety, with low levels of violence and antisocial behaviour.
Incidents of self-harm were similarly low with those in crisis were well cared for, while security was proportionate with a low escape rate, said the report.
However, problem areas were also highlighted, centring on the care of prisoners from ethnic minorities. Arrangements to promote diversity were mixed, and the persistent negative perceptions held by some black and minority ethnic prisoners required more attention while a 'needless' practice of segregating foreign nationals on arrival existed.
Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, said: "In three of our four healthy prison assessments, we have awarded our highest marking, and managers and staff should be commended for this. This report highlights a small number of important issues requiring improvement and our recommendations will, hopefully, assist in that process."