Announced on 24 October 2023, the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice commissioned the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman to undertake an independent special investigation into Medomsley Detention Centre. 

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News posts and latest updates relating to Operation Deerness 

21 May 2024 – Operation Deerness Newsletter Issue 1

28 February 2024 –Operation Deerness special investigation into abuse at Medomsley Dentention Centre Begins

24 October 2023 – PPO to carry out special investigation into abuse at Medomsley Detention Centre 

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Support agencies  

The following support agencies offer specialised services for people who have experienced abuse. Please see their webpages for more information.

The Meadows Durham SARC 

SARC Teesside (Cleveland) 

The Angel Centre (Northumbria) 

Sunderland Counselling 

National Association for People Abused in Childhood 

The Forgotten Boys  

Victims Services