Reporting Year 2021

Children accommodated in secure children's homes

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This release contains statistics on children accommodated in secure children's homes, including:

  • numbers of approved and available places
  • availability and occupancy rates
  • children accommodated by gender, age, ethnicity, and length of stay.

Data is reported for England and Wales. Information is taken from the DfE SA1 data return collected from secure children's homes. 

Figures relate to the position at 31 March except for 2020 when the reference date was changed to 29 February to reflect the position in secure children's homes before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the national lockdown. Therefore, this year’s figures are the first in this series to reflect the impacts of the pandemic and users should bear this in mind when making comparisons over time.


Headline facts and figures - 2021

Figures relate to 31 March 2021, for England and Wales. 

  • Children accommodated in secure children's homes decreased by 23% (42 fewer children) to 142.
  • Approved places that were occupied - 56% - down from 72%.
  • Places contracted to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) were the same as last year at 107 places - 55 children were placed by the Youth Custody Service (YCS), down from 80. 

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