Support the #Respect4SocialWork campaign today and celebrate the social work profession.
Make an Enquiry
Contact Us

Action plan at Oakhill STC to address failings

Children held at Oakhill Secure Training Centre will benefit from more education and time out of cell as part of measures to improve the failings at the centre, the government has announced.

Prisons Minister Victoria Atkins has outlined urgent action to address the ‘unacceptable’ failings at the STC in Milton Keynes run by G4S.

The move follows a joint inspection which found that children and young people at Oakhill were being held in their rooms for 23 hours a day. The Ofsted inspection in October triggered an Urgent Notification (UN).

Prisons Minister Victoria Atkins MP said: “The findings at Oakhill were completely unacceptable and we are considering all options.”

“Action needs to be swift to ensure these vulnerable children are given the best chance to turn their lives around in a calm, safe and secure environment,” she added.

Since inspectors issued their notification last month, improvements have been implemented:

  • A new permanent director is being appointed to strengthen leadership and operational control.
  • Senior staff are to receive specialist training in safeguarding processes.
  • Children are getting at least 12 hours per day out of their room.
  • Children are receiving a minimum of 25 hours of face-to-face education each week.
  • The number of children at Oakhill has also been temporarily reduced to a maximum of 40, to provide further stability.
  • Additional experienced staff are being deployed to help drive down violence and deliver more activities.
  • An expert in minimising use of force has been recruited to give staff the confidence to challenge poor behaviour without the use of restraint.
  • More staff have been allocated to the on-site safeguarding team to ensure faster and more thorough referrals to local authorities and healthcare teams when there are concerns.
  • The site has been refurbished.

The government introduced the Urgent Notification protocol in 2017 to ensure immediate action is taken to address serious concerns identified by inspectors. The process is triggered when inspectorates write to the Justice Secretary following an inspection, with Ministers having 28 days to respond and set out a detailed action plan.

The Youth Custody Service will continue to monitor performance and ensure further steps are taken to improve the care and wellbeing of children at the site in Milton Keynes.

Working Together For Children

Make an enquiry

A multi-disciplinary organisation providing independent, high quality social work, psychological, psychiatric, therapeutic and family support services. Contact us with your requirements and speak to a member of our team who will help you today.
Make an Enquiry

Children First

Sign up to receive our free monthly online resource covering the latest news and developments in the children’s services sector
Children First

Knowledge & Resources

Keep abreast of the latest news in the children's services sector.

A look back at 2022 with WillisPalmer's Head of Practice, Lucy Hopkins…

09/12/2022

2022 saw people trying to get back to some degree of normality following the Covid-19 lockdowns, restrictions and school closures that we had faced for the previous two years. However, the impact of Covid-19 continued and many services experienced, and continue to experience, backlogs and difficulties, including those services relating to children and families.

Social worker [...]

Read Full Story

John Lewis Christmas advert highlights important messages regarding foster care and looked after children

09/12/2022

Every year people are excited to see what the theme of the John Lewis & Partners Christmas advert will be. This year's advert reminded our Head of Practice, Lucy Hopkins, of all the times she arrived at the homes of foster carers with children or young people who were anxious, scared, worried and hungry, having just [...]

Read Full Story

The WillisPalmer Christmas Tree Decorating Competition 2022

09/12/2022
Who Wins..? You Decide!

We have two Christmas trees at the WillisPalmer office and this year the staff upstairs are going to compete with the staff downstairs to see who has the best decorated tree... and we want YOU to decide on the winner!

Tree 1 - Downstairs 

Tree [...]

Read Full Story
Children First is an online resource for professionals working with children presented by WillisPalmer, providing you with the latest news, features and interviews.
Subscribe Today

A Mackman Group collaboration - market research by Mackman Research | website design by Mackman

linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram