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National Preventive Mechanism publishes annual report into UK detention

The fifth annual report of the UK’s national mechanism for the prevention of torture and ill treatment in detention is being published on 4 December.

HIW contributed to this report as we are a member organisation of the National Preventative Mechanism.

The report gives an overview of the work of the National Preventative Mechanism, monitoring detention in:
- prisons
- police custody
- court cells
- customs custody facilities
- children’s secure accommodation
- immigration, military and mental health facilities

We are a member of the National Preventative Mechanism, which is coordinated by HM Inspectorate of Prisons, along with 19 other independent bodies with powers to inspect regularly all places of detention.
This brings into our remit the clear purpose of preventing ill treatment of anyone deprived of their liberty.
Today’s report looks at the issue of restraint, and how some members have begun to work together to ensure to ensure detainees feel they can speak freely to inspectors or monitors.

A copy of the annual report can be found on the HM Inspectorate of Prisons website http://www.justice.gov.uk/about/hmi-prisons/preventive-mechanism
Source: Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW)