Custody population for children and young people

youth custody report

Monthly Youth Custody Report

  • The population of the secure estate for children and young people in December 2020, for under 18 year olds was 527. This is a decrease of 7 from the previous month and a decrease of 190 from the previous year.
  • The overall population of the secure estate for children and young people in December 2020, including those aged 18 years old, was 608. This is a decrease of 9 from the previous month and a decrease of 194 from the previous year.
  • Yearly trend of young people in custody has been downward sloping over the past 5 years. A slight peak has been observed in Apr 2018 which almost reached its Apr 2015 levels. Since April 2018 to April 202, the numbers have been steadily dropping.
  • If we go back to 2001, the downward trend is even more significant with the averages hovering around 2500 – 3000 young people in custody compared to a much lower average of 1000 since 2017.

Monthly Secure Population Summary for England and Wales

Young people in custody by region

  • In December 2020, Yorkshire had the highest number of young people in custody (168) by Establishment, with South East (158) and West Midlands (89) following.

Young people in custody by offence, Dec 2020

  • In December 2020, over half of young people (362) held in custody is due to violence against another person.

Young people in custody by enthicity

BAME (Asian, Black, Mixed and Other) were accounting for 312 young people in custody compared to 289 of white ethnicity.

Data and statistics can be downloaded in an Excel format from the government website here.

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