G4S sack four workers over allegations they assaulted young offenders
Four workers have been sacked following the investigation
The claims relate to 10 boys, aged 14 to 17, and involve use of unnecessary force, foul language and a later cover-up.
Security firm G4S announced the move after the screening of a BBC Panorama programme which secretly filmed at Medway Secure Training Centre in Rochester, Kent.
A further three workers were suspended with another “removed from operational duties”.
Paul Cook, managing director of G4S Children's Services, said he was “appalled” after the airing of the programme.
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Medway Secure Training Centre opened in 1998
I would like to apologise personally to any young people involved in these incidents
Paul Cook, managing director of G4S Children's Services
He added: “I would like to apologise personally to any young people involved in these incidents."
In a statement, G4S said: "Having seen the evidence in the BBC Panorama programme, we can confirm that we are taking the following action.
"Four of the staff suspended on December 30th will have their employment with G4S terminated with immediate effect.
"Three other staff identified in the allegations will remain on suspension pending further investigation
"One additional person has been removed from operational duty pending further investigation."
The firm has requested copies of all evidence collected by Panorama.
The centre, managed by G4S in co-operation with the Youth Justice Board since it opened in 1998, is a 76-bed facility for young offenders aged from 12 to 18.
Kent Police is aware of the allegations and has said inquiries are ongoing.
The claims relate to 10 boys, aged 14 to 17
Justice Secretary Michael Gove is to meet G4S officials this week "to discuss the allegations and to review their response".
Mr Cook, managing director of G4S children's services, said the firm was planning its own investigation.
He added: ”The wellbeing, safety and care of the young people at Medway is our primary objective and we are shocked that any member of staff would behave in this way.
"There is no place for the conduct shown in the programme within any of our Secure Training Centres and it will not be tolerated.”
The moves comes after the screening of a BBC Panorama programme