29 February 2016 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Facilities management and security services provider G4S plc has begun selling its UK children’s services business, comprising 13 children’s homes and its contracts to manage two secure training centres at Medway and Oakhill.
The organisation has said it is doing so as a part of its continuing review of its portfolio of businesses.
In a statement, the company said: “The wellbeing and education of the children in our care will remain our priority until such time as an orderly transition to a new operator has been completed.”
The news comes after seven staff members named in a BBC TV Panorama programme were suspended, pending further investigation into claims of abuse at the young offenders’ centre in Medway. G4S had been managing the centre in partnership with the Youth Justice Board of England.
G4S UK Children’s Services had revenues of approximately £40 million in the year to December 2015.
The transfer or sale of certain businesses is subject to customary consents and approvals, according to the business.