Reporting Year 2022

Children accommodated in secure children's homes

Data guidance

Published

Description

This document describes the data included in the 'Children accommodated in secure children's homes: 31 March 2022' National Statistics release’s underlying data files. This data is released under the terms of the Open Government License and is intended to meet at least three stars for Open Data.

The methodology document for this subject should be referenced alongside this release. It provides information on the data sources, their coverage and quality and how the data is produced.

Coverage

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

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

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.

File formats and conventions

The following symbols have been used in this release:

  • ‘c’ figure suppressed to protect confidentiality. There may be some secondary suppression.
  • ‘z’ for not applicable
  • ‘x’ not available.

For percentages:

  • figures may be suppressed with a ‘c’ to protect confidentiality
  • they may not sum to 100% due to rounding

Please note: Users are advised to be cautious if pivoting the csv tables in Excel – suppressed and not applicable cells may be represented as ‘0’ (zero).

Data files

All data files associated with this releases are listed below with guidance on their content. To download any of these files, please visit our data catalogue.

Secure children's homes - characteristics

Filename
sa2022_characteristics.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2010 to 2022
Content

Numbers of children accommodated in secure children's homes by gender, age of child, length of stay, placement type, ethnicity, for England and Wales, 2010 to 2022

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
characteristicsCharacteristics
children_accommodatedNumber of children accommodated
percentage_children_accommodatedPercentage of children accommodated
Footnotes
  1. Percentages in charts and tables are rounded to the nearest whole number. Where percentages apply to a group of categories they may not sum to 100% due to rounding.
  2. 'c' denotes figures suppressed to preserve confidentiality.
  3. 'x' not available. Ethnicity was reported for the first time in 2021.

Secure children's homes - individual home data

Filename
sa2022_individual_home.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2010 to 2022
Content

Number of places approved and available for use, number of children accommodated and occupancy rate in individual secure children's homes, 2010 to 2022

Individual home notes are:

  • Beechfield was undergoing renovation between 2017 and 2019 whilst unoccupied. It closed in 2019.
  • Swanwick Lodge reported ongoing staffing issues and building works. Beds are due to increase over time based on a recruitment programme and completion of building works.
  • Leverton Hall closed on 31 July 2014.
  • Red Bank closed on 31 May 2014. It included the homes Newton House, Willows House and Vardy House.
  • Adel Beck was previously known as East Moor until January 2015.
  • Marydale Lodge was previously known as St Catherine's until 2020.
  • Hillside is the secure children's home in Wales.
Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
children_accommodatedNumber of children accommodated
occupancy_ratePercentage of approved places occupied (occupancy rate)
places_approvedNumber of places approved
places_availableNumber of places available
secure_homeSecure children's home name
Footnotes
  1. Percentages in charts and tables are rounded to the nearest whole number. Where percentages apply to a group of categories they may not sum to 100% due to rounding.
  2. 'c' denotes figures suppressed to preserve confidentiality.

Secure children's homes - national data

Filename
sa2022_national_data.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2010 to 2022
Content

Numbers of secure children’s homes, places approved and available for use, children accommodated, places contracted to the MoJ and as percentage of approved places, availability and occupancy rates, number of Youth Custody Service placements, for England, England and Wales, 2010 to 2022

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
availability_ratePercentage of approved places available (availability rate)
children_accommodatedNumber of children accommodated
children_placed_YCSNumber of children placed by YCS
MoJ_placesNumber of places contracted to the MoJ
number_of_secure_homesNumber of secure children's homes
occupancy_ratePercentage of approved places occupied (occupancy rate)
perc_approved_MoJPercentage of approved places contracted to the MoJ
places_approvedNumber of places approved
places_availableNumber of places available
Footnotes
  1. Percentages in charts and tables are rounded to the nearest whole number. Where percentages apply to a group of categories they may not sum to 100% due to rounding.