G4S corporation child abuse scandal


This music video says about itself:

13 July 2012

Yes, it’s G4S‘s corporate song: in banjolele and kazoo. Now the official versions are quietly being pulled from YouTube, this may well be your only chance to appreciate the true horror of these awful lyrics.

“You love your job and the people too
Making a difference is what you do
But consider all you have at stake
The time is now don’t make a mistake
Because the enemy prowls, wanting to attack
But we’re on the wall, we’ve got your back
So get out front and take the lead
And be the winner you were born to be
G4S! protecting the world
G4S! so dreams can unfurl
24/7 every night and day
A warrior stands ready so don’t be afraid
G4S! secure in your world
G4S! let your dreams unfurl
We’re guarding you with all our might
Keeping watch throughout the night”

By Joana Ramiro in Britain:

Three arrested for G4S centre abuse

Thursday 14th January 2016

Calls for firm to be stripped of youth offender facilities role

THREE men were arrested yesterday on suspicion of having abused and mistreated vulnerable children held at a facility run by private security company G4S.

Kent Police opened the investigation after a BBC Panorama programme exposed G4S officers and supervisors verbally harassing and physically restraining teenagers held at Medway Secure Training Centre.

Campaigners demanded an immediate end to G4S’s government contract and called for young offenders facilities to be put back in public hands.

Anti-privatisation campaign We Own It director Cat Hobbs told the Star: “The latest appalling G4S scandal isn’t a one-off, and arresting the culprits won’t solve the underlying problem.

G4S is required by its shareholders to put profits first, ahead of the welfare of vulnerable young people.

“Good care and a careful approach have gone out of the window.

“That’s why G4S has no place running our precious public services.”

According to a survey by the group over two-thirds of the British public thought G4S was “motivated by maximising profit” rather than providing the best service.

Ms Hobbs added: “The company is not trusted by the public, and for good reason.

“After the latest abuse, G4S should be stripped of its contracts immediately.

“We need public services that put people ahead of profit.”

More than 70 per cent of those quizzed thought that private companies running prisons was inappropriate.

Kent Police declined to confirm whether the men in custody were some of the four people sacked by G4S after the documentary aired on Monday night.

A spokesman said: “Officers investigating reports of abusive behaviour alleged to have taken place at a secure training facility in Medway have arrested three men on suspicion of child neglect.

“The investigation was launched following a referral from the Medway Local Authority Designated Officer.”

“ROTTEN to the core” was the verdict of Frances Crook, head of the world’s oldest penal reform charity, who was left in tears yesterday after watching a BBC Panorama investigation into child abuse at a privately run borstal youth jail. Ms Crook, the Howard League chief executive for 20 years, said that what was shown going on at Medway Secure Training Centre was “one of the most upsetting things” she had ever seen and demanded immediate action to shut it down. Security firm G4S runs the institution in Rochester, Kent, which holds 56 children aged 12 to 17, most of them boys: here.

The Howard League for Penal Reform has again slammed the Tories’ preferred prisons privateer G4S following the scandal revealed by the BBC Panorama programme on child abuse at Medway Secure Training Centre in Kent on Monday: here.

The banner of Jimmy Mubenga, a 46-year-old Angolan who died after being forcibly restrained by G4S guards as he was being deported on a flight to Angola in October 2010

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  3. Wednesday 27th January 2016

    posted by Peter Lazenby in Britain

    Labour’s Slaughter demands all G4S facilities be urgently monitored

    ALL G4S facilities must be urgently monitored, Labour demanded yesterday after the head of a youth detention centre run by the disgraced firm stood down amid allegations of staff abuse.

    Medway Secure Training Centre (STC) boss Ralph Marchant announced he was stepping down following allegations of abuse and violence by staff towards its young inmates.

    No allegations have been made against Mr Marchant, who remains employed by G4S, but five men have been arrested by Kent Police on suspicion of child neglect or assault.

    His departure came after Chief Inspector of Prisons Nick Hardwick said that managerial oversight had failed to protect young people at the centre for inmates aged 12 to 17.

    Labour shadow human rights minister Andy Slaughter called on Justice Secretary Michael Gove to act urgently to make sure that other G4S-run facilities were being monitored effectively.

    “We welcome moves to hold directors to account for the shocking allegations we witnessed at G4S-run Medway STC,” said Mr Slaughter.

    “The chief inspector of prisons has today warned that the situation at Medway was unacceptable and that any inquiry should also focus on the implications of this case for the wider youth justice system.”

    Shadow prisons and probation minister Jo Stevens said the government should put all G4S-run prisons, STCs and detention centres into “special measures.”

    She also demanded that G4S contracts be reviewed and that the company not be considered for any new contracts while management teams are sent in to work alongside staff.

    The allegations around Medway are the latest in a litany of scandals involving G4S and have led to renewed calls for the company to be denied any ­public-sector contracts.

    Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham has already stated that a Labour government should refuse to give contracts to G4S and the Labour Party has dropped G4S security at its annual conferences.

    “G4S is a serial human rights abuser, in the UK and across the world,” Greater Manchester Stop G4S convener John Nicholson told the Star.

    “It is not just that they cannot administer anything … but that they are guilty of stealing public money and breaching human rights, including those of vulnerable people seeking asylum, young people in youth protection and Palestinian children held illegally in Israeli detention.”

    He claimed that G4S was guilty of providing “disgusting” housing for asylum-seekers and had breached its duty of care at Yarl’s Wood immigration prison.

    The firm was ordered to repay millions of pounds in taxpayers’ cash after charging for electronic tagging of offenders who had died.

    “No lawful decision-maker should be awarding any contract to G4S,” said Mr Nicholson.

    Mr Gove told Parliament yesterday that he had “tasked G4S with putting an improvement plan in place” to be overseen by a newly created independent improvement board.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-a532-Director-Quits-G4S-Abusive-Youth-Jail#.Vqk8S1JrgdU

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  10. Wednesday 24th
    posted by Morning Star in Britain

    A WOMAN is to stand trial after being charged by detectives investigating allegations of abuse and mistreatment of inmates at a youth jail.

    Rebecca Harold, 24, was charged with common assault in July following an undercover BBC Panorama investigation into Medway Secure Training Centre (STC) in Rochester, Kent.

    At Medway Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Ms Harold pleaded not guilty to the offence, which is alleged to have taken place against a 15-year-old boy at the STC on April 3.

    The court heard that her case followed the Panorama programme, which in January aired behind-the scenes footage taken at the then G4S-run facility for inmates aged 12 to 17.

    Ms Harold, of Grecian Street, Maidstone, was further bailed by magistrates and will stand trial at the same court on October 26.

    The government announced in the wake of the Panorama programme that it would take over the running of the facility.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-9079-G4S-Medway-Unit-Woman-stands-trial#.V72-EzWZ0dU

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