Inmates are no longer being sent to a young offenders institution (YOI), after a watchdog’s inspection revealed an “extraordinary” decline in safety and care.

The chief inspector of prisons has demanded immediate improvements at Feltham A YOI in west London.

As a result he triggered the “urgent notification” process, giving the government 28 days to respond.

Previously only five adult prisons had triggered this process.

These prisons were Bedford, Nottingham, Birmingham, Bristol and Exeter.

The latest inspection of Feltham A found there were very high levels of violence between boys and against staff, a high use of staff force, poor care, long periods of cell lock-up and escalating self-harm.

Feltham A, which holds just over 100 15 to 18-year-olds, “has for many years been recognised as a challenging and

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