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Number of children accommodated in secure children’s homes falls by 15 per cent

221 children in secure children’s homes at 31 March 2011

Latest figures released by the Department for Education show that at 31 March 2011 there were 221 children accommodated in secure children's homes in England and Wales. This represents a fall of 15% from the 2010 total of 260.

Of the total number of children accommodated in England and Wales, 69% were male and 31% female, compared with 64% and 36% in 2010.

At 31 March 2011, there were 314 approved places in England and Wales and 292 approved places in England only. 70% of approved places in England and Wales were occupied (69% in England), a large decrease on the previous years.

Secure children's homes are children's homes which provide a locked environment and restrict a young person's liberty. They provide care and accommodation to children and young people who have been detained or sentenced by the Youth Justice Board and those who have been remanded to secure local authority accommodation. They also accommodate and care for children and young people who have been placed there on welfare grounds by local authorities and the courts.