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No significant improvement in availability of secure accommodation for children and young persons

Official figures published for England and Wales: March 2018

At 31 March 2018, there were 255 places approved for use in secure children's homes in England and Wales and 254 in the previous three years.

The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has highlighted the crisis in availability of accommodation for children in suitable, secure clinical/hospital settings in a series of judgments culminating in Re X (A Child) (No 6) [2018] EWHC 1005 (Fam). The President also considered the issue in his recent speech at the University of Liverpool.

The annual figures have been released by the Department for Education.

The number of children accommodated in secure children's homes was 204 at 31 March 2018 and similar to last year when there were 203. At 31 March 2018, there were 120 places contracted to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), an increase from 117 last year.

At 31 March 2018, 86% of approved places in England and Wales were either in use or available for use. This has fallen from 89% in 2017 – this fall reflects the decrease in number of rooms resulting from ongoing building renovations in two homes since 2017.

At 31 March 2018, 80% of approved places in England and Wales were occupied, the same as last year.

For the complete annual figures, click here.