Reference Id: SFR20/2011
Publication Type: Statistical First Release
Release Date: 31 August 2011
Coverage status: Final
Publication Status: Published
Secure children’s homes are children’s homes which provide a locked environment and restrict a young person’s liberty. They provide care and accommodation to children and young people who have been detained or sentenced by the Youth Justice Board (YJB) and those who have been remanded to secure local authority (LA) accommodation. They also accommodate and care for children and young people who have been placed there on welfare grounds by LAs and the courts.
This SFR gives statistics on children accommodated in secure children’s homes at 31 March 2011 and includes data from England and Wales. The SFR includes information on places approved, and children accommodated by gender, age, length of stay and type of placement.
The key points from this release are:
- 221 children were accommodated in secure children’s homes in England and Wales at 31 March 2011 - 202 in England and 19 in Wales. This represents a fall of 15% from the 2010 total of 260. (For England only, there was a 16% fall on the 2010 total of 240.)
- At 31 March 2011, there were 314 approved places in England and Wales and 292 approved places in England only.
- 70% of approved places in England and Wales were occupied (69% in England), a large decrease on the previous years.
- Of the total number of children accommodated in England and Wales, 69% were male and 31% female, compared with 64% and 36% in 2010.