G4S and SERCO profiting from the misery and murder of Children

by | May 10, 2016 | Child Abuse | 0 comments

Private security firms profit from misery

Children in privately-run youth detention centres are being seriously injured whilst being restrained by staff, according to a redacted Ministry of Justice report released to the Director of the children’s rights charity Article 39. The report focuses on four secure training centres (STCs) and two young offender institutions (YOIs) – the worst three of which are all run by G4S.

The report lists ‘restraints-gone-wrong’, where children were injured or suffered breathing difficulties in the process. Rainsbrook SCT – where teenager Gareth Myatt died in 2004 after choking on his own vomit while being restrained – had the highest number of incidents of serious injury caused. One child vomited from a prolonged restraint whilst being held in a seated position similar to the one used on Myatt. Government guidelines classify vomiting during restraint as a medical emergency.

Carolyne Willow, Director of Article 39, has been engaged in legal proceedings against the MoJ for access to an unredacted version of the manual ‘Minimising and Managing Physical Restraint’, published in 2012, which details the restraint techniques used in STCs and YOIs. However, the Upper Tribunal recently dismissed her appeal in Willow v Information Commissioner & Ministry of Justice [2016], holding that disclosure of the information would threaten the good order and security of prisons, as inmates might develop countermeasures to the techniques.

Willow had argued – unsuccessfully – that Article 3(1) of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Children required a greater emphasis to be placed on the child’s interests when balancing them against the public interest.

It came to light last week that Medway SCT – the subject of a BBC Panorama exposé aired in January this year which showed G4S staff appearing to use excessive force on children – is to be taken over by the Ministry of Justice. Four members of staff had been arrested on charges of child neglect in relation to the allegations, following which G4S announced in February it was selling off the contracts to run Medway, Oakhill SCT, and 13 local authority children’
s homes.

A wider review is currently being conducted into youth justice by Charlie Taylor, former head teacher and child behavioural expert, the final report of which is expected in July. The interim findings (available here) recommend an overhaul of the youth custodial estate, replacing youth prisons with smaller secure schools focusing on education.

Andrew Neilson of the Howard League for Penal Reform had called at the time for SCTs to be shut down completely, calling them a “failed model”. The Ministry of Justice is due to announce the findings of the Independent Improvement Board set up by Michael Gove in response to the Medway allegations, which will detail the future of the centre.

Source: Human Rights Blog (Article by Charlotte Bellamy)

But remember G4S and SERCO do not just profit from the misery of vunerable people here in the UK they are responsible for the misery and murder of children and adults all over the World.

G4S guard bludgeoned woman to death – Last November a 42 year-old pharmaceutical worker from Thailand took part in a conference about HIV treatment at Glasgow’s Clyde Auditorium. Her name was Khanokporn Satjawat. A G4S guard checked Satjawat’s ID. He didn’t like her manner. Later he followed her into the toilets and bludgeoned her to death with a fire extinguisher.

G4S ‘warned over Iraq killer risk’ – Paul McGuigan and Darren Hoare were murdered by Danny Fitzsimons in 2009. The ex-paratrooper from Rochdale, who was employed by the G4S-owned ArmorGroup, is serving a 20-year sentence in Baghdad.

G4S hires pro-Israel professor to whitewash war crimes – In an attempt to justify its work servicing Israeli prisons and checkpoints, G4S has released what it calls an “independent review,” absolving the company of complicity in war crimes committed by Israel.

MPs to investigate Serco over sex assault claim at Yarl’s Wood centre – Serco, the private outsourcing giant, is to be investigated by MPs after it was forced to disclose a secret internal report revealing evidence that it failed to properly investigate a claim of repeated sexual assaults by one of its staff against a female resident at Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre.

There are literally hundreds of articles relating to G4S and SERCO and their methods of profiting from the misery of others. Their existence however is of great convenience to Governments of the Western World, they allow all fingers to be pointed in the direction of a third-party when War crimes are committed, children are abuse and murdered and catastrophic blunders occur.

Below is the Panorama episode exposing the shocking levels of physical abuse, bullying and intimidation handed out to children and young adults by custody officers at a youth prison run by the scandal-hit G4S.

Footage from Mangaung Correctional Centre near Bloemfontein, South Africa, shows G4S prison workers apparently administering anti-psychotic drugs to a patient illegally. Another prisoner shows injuries he says were given by the prison’s emergency security team. Allegations of torutre, including electrocuting inmates, have been denied by G4S:

Related articles:

Open Democracy – A safe place for children?
BBC News – Four sacked after Panorama investigation into G4S unit
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