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Report on an unannounced inspection of HMYOI Parc by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (9–19 October 2023)

Parc YOI healthy prison scores

Bar chart showing healthy prison outcomes at HMYOI Parc in 2023 compared with 2022. Safety, care and resettlement had all remained good; purposeful activity had dropped from good to not sufficiently good.

What we found

At Parc, boys were treated well from the moment they arrived and the supportive relationships that staff had built with them meant that most problems or issues could be resolved informally. However, the number of children separated from their peers had increased, and the quality of education had deteriorated and was no longer good enough.

After an extended period of stable and successful leadership, the YOI was in a state of transition. A new director had been brought in to lead the prison as a whole, and a new head of the children’s unit had recently been appointed. This change was being managed well, with the supportive culture experienced by staff and children being maintained, and an excellent and innovative programme of enrichment activity. However, we were concerned to find that, for the first time, the quality of education was not good enough.

Charlie Taylor, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

Outcomes for young people against the inspectorate’s safety, care and resettlement healthy establishment tests remained good, but purposeful activity had deteriorated from good in 2022 to not sufficiently good at this inspection.


Action plan