Young offenders jail has remained coronavirus free through lockdown

A PRISON for young offenders in the Staffordshire Moorlands has remained free of the coronavirus during lockdown, after staff acted quickly to fight off the threat.

Sonia Brooks, Governor of HMYOI Werrington House, in Werrington, said: "When the economy came to a halt and people were told to stay at home to save lives, we had a workforce that needed to come to work.

"Very quickly, we had to put restrictions on place. Prior to Covid-19, we had children going into education. But just like schools came to a close, education in custody did as well.

"Individuals were scared about what protections were going to be put in place. They were also worried about their parents, grandparents and friends."

Extra welfare checks have been carried out on the inmates aged between 15 and 18, locked up in the young offender institute. The jail can accommodate up to 180 young people.

The inmates have also continued to have access to one-to-one support work with officers and mental health sessions.

Mrs Brooks added: "We have had staff off if someone from their family has [coronavirus] symptoms. They have isolated as required. But we have had no positive cases with our staff. We've been really fortunate."

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