Thursday, 17 September 2009

Oakhill Secure Training Centre, Milton Keynes

On Thursday morning I spent a couple of hours with Andrew Gale, the new Chaplain at the Oakhill Secure Training Centre, and a Baptist minister. It must qualify as one of the shortest journeys I've done in the car - it's just two miles down the road!

Oakhill is one of just four centres in the country for serious young offenders between the ages of twelve and seventeen. It's well resourced with as many staff as trainees, and as attractive a building as it could be under the circumstances. I was really impressed by what Andrew is doing there as a chaplain, and inspired by the ethos of the place, which, for a penal institution, has a focus on bringing reform to the lives of some very damaged young people.

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