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Youth Custody

Justice written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people under the age of 18 were held in custody in England and Wales in each year between 1996-97 and 2010-11 inclusive.

Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation)

The table shows the average number of people under the age of 18 held in the secure estate for children and young people between 2000-01 and 2010-11.

These data are from the Youth Justice Board (YJB) and refer to Secure Training Centres (STCs), Secure Children's Homes (SCHs), and Young Offender Institutions (YOIs). 2000-01 is the earliest date from which data are available that gives information on all secure establishments in the youth estate for this age group (10 to 17-year-olds). The 2010-11 figures are provisional. The final 2010-11 figures will be presented in the 2010-11 Youth Justice Statistics publication on 26 January 2012.

Table 1. Average secure estate population (10 to 17-year-olds)
Number
2000-01 2,807
2001-02 2,801
2002-03 3,029
2003-04 2,771
2004-05 2,745
2005-06 2,830
2006-07 2,914
2007-08 2,932
2008-09 2,881
2009-10 2,418
2010-11(1) 2,067
(1) These figures are provisional. The final 2010-11 figures will be presented in the 2010-11 Youth Justice Statistics publication. Notes: 1. YJB data referring to Secure Training Centres (STCs), Secure Children's Homes (SCHs), and Young Offender Institutions (YOIs). The data does not include 18 to 21-year-olds held in YOI separate units for which the YJB do not hold data. 2. Youth custodial data are published on a monthly basis, this is a monthly snapshot of the custodial population (taken on the last Friday of the month or first Friday of the following month depending on which is nearer to the actual month end). Each annual figure is calculated as an average of all of the individual months in the year period (i.e. an average of the monthly snapshots) due to monthly fluctuation. Fluctuation arises as custodial population is a factor of number of young people sentenced, sentence length, and time spent on remand. 3.These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing and can be subject to change over time.

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