Secure Training Centre

I had the opportunity to visit a new Purpose Built “Secure Training Centre” (Young Offenders Institute) today. Big big improvement on anything I’ve seen before ( a lot less jail like and grey). I was encouraged by what I saw but I struggle with the fact we lock up kids as young as twelve!
Earlier this year I spoke at the conference of Prison Chaplains who work with Juveniles, they were a remarkable bunch of Ministers. I learnt a lot from them, their tenacity in the face of so many discouragments was remarkable, while making some real achievements in the lives of the young people through the chaplaincy work.