Statistics on Number of Children Accommodated in Secure...

Alison Michalska, Vice President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, said:

“Children and young people in secure children’s homes represent the most vulnerable in our care. The criteria for making a placement is rigorous, a young person must represent a very high risk to themselves or others to be deprived of their liberty. Whilst there has been a rise in the number of secure placements being made, this is very small but looks more significant because of the limited number of beds available across the country. One of the reasons for this increase is because the YJB have reduced their block-purchase contract so more beds are now available for welfare placements.”

“Local authorities make only a handful of placements each year and many report major difficulties in sourcing a suitable placement as many providers may not be able to accept referrals at certain times based on the profile and needs of other residents. Hampshire County Council is currently running an interim placement unit on behalf of the sector, this will be key to building a clearer picture of overall demand and children’s needs for the first time which will be key to improving services.”


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