Reporting Year 2019

Children accommodated in secure children's homes


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 and length of stay.

Information is taken from the annual DfE SA1 data return collected from secure children's homes and relate to the position at 31 March each year.

Headline facts and figures - 2019

Figures relate to the 31 March each year, for England and Wales.

  • Places approved for use increased to 259 places, slightly up from 255 last year.
  • Children accommodated in secure children's homes were down 16% (down by 32 children) to 172.
  • Places contracted to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) were down, to 106 places from 120.
  • Approved places available for use - 88% - up from 86%.
  • Approved places that were occupied - 66% - down from 80% in both 2017 and 2018.
  • Proportion of children detained or sentenced and placed by the Youth Custody Service (YCS) were down to 38%, from 48% last year. Correspondingly, the proportion of children placed on local authority welfare grounds has increased to 56% (from 47%).


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