YSS is celebrating 30 years with 2 key events this autumn

YSS 30th birthday logoYSS is celebrating its 30th  year with  2 key  events this  autumn:

October  3 : YSS 30th celebrations:

An event for staff, trustees, stake holders, volunteers and service users representatives.

October ( date tbc): YSS 30th Anniversary Lecture by Nick Harwick, Chair of the  Parole Board:

A Criminal Justice Lecture. Nick Hardwick is former Chief Inspector of prisons and now has a senior position within the parole board, he is a very engaging and powerful speaker.

  • Nick HardwickExtract  from  the Guardian  Saturday interview “The outgoing chief inspector of prisons is explaining why he is so keen to get out of the job. It’s not the budget fights Nick Hardwick had with the Ministry of Justice, nor the fact that he wasn’t actively encouraged to apply for another five-year stint. It’s not even the fact that the previous secretary of state for justice, Lord Grayling, “robustly” tried to influence him – as Hardwick revealed to a select committee last week.
  • No, he simply feared that he was becoming desensitised; that he was getting prison-horror fatigue. “You shouldn’t do this job for too long because you get used to things you shouldn’t get used to,” he says. “I’ll give you an example of something that objectively shocking, but how do you keep the outrage going? Take the level of self-harm and suicide. On one level, one bit of your brain is thinking, ‘Oh well, they’ve only had two suicides since we were last here, good.’ On another level, that is appalling.”  
  • But perhaps the most telling verdict on the system he leaves is the stream of reports on the young offender institutions he and his team visited towards the end of his tenure. To quote from his 2014 inspection of Glen Parva YOI, “this is a model of custody that does not work”. He said the same about virtually every YOI he inspected, citing rising levels of violence and self-harm; young men locked idle in their cells 23 hours a day; 30 minutes outdoor exercise the norm. The situation is so bad in the YOI estate that Hardwick took the decision to inspect them annually, instead of every three or four years, which is the norm across the penal estate.”


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