Prison Sentences: Special Educational Needs

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 10th September 2021.

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Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Labour, Washington and Sunderland West

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of boys with a custodial sentence aged (a) 13 to 18 and (b) 19 to 21 who have been assessed for (i) autism, (ii) special educational needs, (iii) an Education, Health and Care Plan whilst in custody in England since 2018.

Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Labour, Washington and Sunderland West

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of girls with a custodial sentence aged (a) 13 to 18 and (b) 19 to 21 who have been assessed for (i) autism, (ii) special educational needs and (iii) an Education, Health and Care Plan whilst in custody in England since 2018.

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

his information could only be collated at disproportionate cost.

The Ministry of Justice has published a one-off piece of analysis in collaboration with the Department for Education on understanding the educational background of offenders. The analysis compares the genders in a matched young offender cohort, broken down by sentencing disposal, educational attainment, pupil characteristics (such as Special Educational Needs), persistent absence and exclusion. See pages 45-51 in the Women and the Criminal Justice System 2019 report here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/women-and-the-criminal-justice-system-2019

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