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Juvenile Delinquents (Secure Places)

Volume 210: debated on Tuesday 30 June 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many secure places there are in (a) England and (b) Yorkshire for juvenile delinquents.

On 29 June 1992 there were 292 places in local authority secure units in England, of which 36 were in Yorkshire and Humberside. These units form a network to which all local authorities have access. They are not designed solely for juvenile delinquents; they may accommodate any child who is being looked after by a local authority and who needs a secure placement.In addition, the youth treatment service runs two youth treatment centres (YTCs)—Glenthorne in Birmingham and St. Charles in Essex. These provide, between them, up to 70 places for disturbed young people. Again, not all these young people have committed an offence.