This document contains supporting information for the statistical release ‘Children accommodated in secure children’s homes', including further detail on the quality, reliability and methodology of these statistics overall, and in relation to a range of potential uses. The information is collated from the annual SA1 data return which is reported to the Department for Education (DfE) by all secure children's homes in England and Wales. It covers the position at the end of the reporting year.
The release contains information for both England and Wales due to a long-standing agreement with the Welsh Government. The combined figures for England and Wales are presented as the main figures as cross-border placements mean that Welsh children may be accommodated in English secure children's homes, and vice versa. Figures for England only are provided in the data but should be interpreted with this caveat.
Figures for the 2021 statistical release reflect the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on secure children’s homes.