Secure Accommodation

Department for Education written question – answered on 9th March 2018.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many places were available in secure children's homes in each of the last 10 years; and what the annual average occupancy rates have been in that same period.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The number of places that were available in secure children’s homes in each of the last 10 years and the occupancy rates, at 31 March of each year, are shown in the table below.

Numbers of approved places and children accommodated in secure children's homes as at 31 March

Year: 2008 to 2017

Coverage: England and Wales

England & Wales

At 31 March

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Number of secure children's homes

19

19

17

17

17

17

17

15

15

15

Places approved1

342

338

311

312

300

296

298

254

254

254

Number of places available2

331

333

291

291

288

286

283

245

245

227

Children accommodated

278

290

258

221

239

206

229

205

210

203

Occupancy

rate (%)3

81

86

83

71

80

70

77

81

83

80

Source: DfE SA1 Survey

(1) Number of places in secure children’s homes as approved by the Secretary of State at 31 March.

(2) Number of places that were in use or available for use at 31 March (excluding any approved places that are out of service, e.g. undergoing development work). This number does not indicate the number of vacant places.

(3) Occupancy rates are based on the number of children accommodated at 31 March in relation to the number of places approved by the Secretary of State, and are displayed to the nearest whole number.

This information was published in the statistical first releases available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-secure-children-s-homes.

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