Youth Custody: Costs

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 19th July 2021.

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Photo of Anna McMorrin Anna McMorrin Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost was to the public purse of a child placed in youth custody (a) on remand and (b) for other reasons in (i) secure children's homes, (ii) secure training centres and (iii) young offenders' institutes in the most recent period for which figures are available.

Photo of Alex Chalk Alex Chalk Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The average cost per place per year for a child placed in youth custody is:

£271,000 at a Secure Children’s Home

£201,000 at a Secure Training Centre

£119,000 at a Young Offender Institution

There is no difference in average cost if the child is placed on remand or for other reasons. These costs are inclusive of education services.

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