Research and analysis

Secure placements for children: how local authorities use them

How local authorities use placements for children in a secure setting.


Local authority use of secure placements


A report about children placed in secure accommodation on ‘welfare’ grounds, in order to prevent them from harming themselves or others.

It examines how local authorities use secure accommodation and discusses:

  • the purpose of secure care
  • the decision-making process when placing a child
  • alternative forms of local authority provision
  • whether more evidence is needed on secure accommodation and how this could be collected
Published 21 December 2016