MTC response to immediate action by Lord Chancellor to move children from Rainsbrook STC

“The welfare of the children we look after at Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre (STC) is our priority and in partnership with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), we have worked hard to address Ofsted’s recommendations following its inspection in December 2020.

“Given the previous positive assessments, including Ofsted’s follow up visit in January, we were very surprised to receive Ofsted’s feedback at the end of last week’s inspection. We have a number of concerns about their approach and ultimately the conclusions they have reached. We plan to vigorously challenge this as we go through the fact checking process. Despite repeated requests, the information that sits behind Ofsted’s assessment has still not been shared with us, raising further concerns about their approach.

“Since December 2020, in partnership with the Ministry of Justice, we have worked hard to address Ofsted’s recommendations and at a follow up visit in January, Ofsted inspectors recognised that progress had been made. Our mission has always been to improve the lives of those we look after and we will work constructively and collaboratively with the MoJ as Rainsbrook’s future is reviewed in the coming days and weeks.”

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