The Youth Justice Board (YJB) commissioned this report to find out how children describe their own experience of imprisonment.
Colin Allars, YJB Chief Executive, said:
Parts of this report are uncomfortable to read - trends around safety are concerning. We will use these findings to support our work with providers of custodial services to address the issues children and young people are telling us about.
The YJB has a role in ensuring young people are looked after whilst in custody, and to do that effectively we must listen to their views. We commission this independent survey because its findings are important in ensuring that the voices of children and young people in custody are heard and because it helps us to monitor the services provided to them.