What custody is like for young people

Time in custody is spent:

  • in lessons
  • learning skills to get a job or to return to education
  • taking part in programmes to improve behaviour
  • participating in sport, fitness, and other activities

There are strict rules about what young people can and can’t do, and they may have to go through alcohol or drug counselling.

Types of secure centre

There are 3 types of custody for young people:

  • young offender institutions
  • secure training centres
  • secure children’s homes

Young offender institutions:

  • are run by the Prison Service and private companies
  • are for people aged 15 to 21 (people under 18 are held in different buildings)
  • house between 60 to 400 people, split into ‘wings’ of 30 to 60 people

Secure training centres:

  • are run by private companies
  • are for people aged up to 17
  • house between 50 and 80, split into units of 5 to 8 people
  • give 30 hours of education and training a week, following a school day timetable

Secure children’s homes:

  • run by local councils
  • are for people aged 10 to 14
  • house between 8 and 40 people
  • give 30 hours of education and training a week, following a school day timetable