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Number of children accommodated in secure homes decreases by 23 per cent

One hundred and forty-two children were accommodated in secure children's homes in England and Wales at 31 March 2021. The figure represents a decrease of 23 per cent (that is, 42 fewer children).

The occupancy rate was 56 per cent, down from 72 per cent the year before.
Places contracted to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) were the same as last year at 107 places – 55 children were placed by the Youth Custody Service (YCS), down from 80.

The figures appear in a release published by the Department for Education. release includes information on the number of approved places and children accommodated by:

For the release, click here.