New Standards for the Healthcare of Children and Young People in Secure Settings

Drawn up by a group of Royal Medical Colleges, led by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and backed by the Youth Justice Board and UK Children’s Commissioners, these new standards are designed to ensure young people in secure settings receive the care they need to make a real difference to their health and life prospects. These children and young people are some of the most vulnerable, often suffering poor physical and mental health.

Launched on 10 June 2013 at a reception in the House of Commons, the standards apply to children and young people on both welfare and justice placements in secure settings across the UK (young offender institutions, secure children’s homes, secure training centres and their equivalents).

They reflect the views of young people and follow a young person’s journey through a secure setting to aid multi-professional working.