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Children in Custody 2021-22: An Analysis of 12-18-Year-Olds’ Perceptions of Their Experiences in Secure Training Centres and Young Offender Institutions – HM Inspectorate of Probation (January 2023)


Access to the published report by HM Inspectorate of Probation concerned with children in custody 2021-2022. 


HM Inspectorate of Probation has published children in custody 2021-22: an analysis of 12-18-year-olds’ perceptions of their experiences in secure training centres and young offender institutions’ (January 2023) report.

The report draws from the inspections of, and surveys carried out in six young offender institutions and two secure training centres in England and Wales. It should also be noted that while Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre has now been closed, the inspection and survey responses are still contained within this annual report as children were held in the establishment during the reporting period.

The number of children held in secure training centres and youth offender institutions has sharply declined over previous years. As a result, the average population of under 18-year-olds held in both types of establishments was 447 in 2021-22, compared with 939 in 2015-16.

The report looks at who are the children held in custody, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children and how children in custody spend their time.