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11 years after death of Gareth Myatt at Rainsbrook secure training centre: lessons not learned
20 May 2015
Today a damning joint inspection report into privately run Rainsbrook secure training centre reports that at least six members of staff have been dismissed after a series of incidents of gross misconduct, including by some in leadership positions. The report on the G4S-run institution details a catalogue of failures including racism and degrading treatment by staff that caused humiliation and distress.
In July 2007 the Judge, HH Richard Pollard, who presided over the inquest into the death of Gareth Myatt wrote a 17 page letter to the Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor saying that it would be ‘wholly unforgivable and a double tragedy’ if there was any delay in learning from and acting upon the lessons of Gareth’s death.
Deborah Coles, co-director of INQUEST said:
“11 years after the restraint related death of 15 year-old Gareth Myatt that resulted in a wide-ranging judge led inquest and critical report where was the appropriate and necessary oversight and scrutiny of Rainsbrook by the Youth Justice Board? Assurances were made that the culture and practices would be changed and yet the abuses continue. It begs the question as to whether these publicly funded but privately run organisations can ever be held properly to account?
‘No other organisation has worked so closely with bereaved families throughout the investigation and inquest process. INQUEST has a unique insight into the daily difficulties families face while striving to cope in the aftermath of a death in custody. The Skills and Support Toolkit can provide you with practical advice needed to continue and maintain your day to day life at a time when even the simplest of tasks can seem insurmountable, or help you develop the skills needed to mount a campaign. ’
– Mother of a child who died in prison