The comments made by Anna McMorrin, the Shadow Minister for Victims and Youth Justice, on 29 July 2021.
The Conservatives have completely lost control of youth custody, resulting in shocking welfare and rehabilitation for children, as well as a failure to protect the public from crime and reoffending.
Youth reoffending rates remain unacceptable, well above adult figures, while incidences of self-harm and assault are disproportionately high compared to the number of children in custody.
Labour is calling for an independent review to tackle the disastrous deterioration in youth custody. Ministers must heed our calls and swiftly get a grip.