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Education: Young Offender Institutions

Volume 477: debated on Monday 16 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many hours of education on average were provided to looked-after children in young offenders institutions in each of the last three years; and if he will review their educational programme. (210903)

Data are collected on the number of looked after children in YOIs but specific education data are not collected separately. There is a statutory duty on local authorities to promote the educational achievement of looked-after children, including those in custody. To comply with this duty, local authorities work in partnership with the YOI to ensure that individual learning needs are met and that care planning reviews continue during custody and facilitate access to education while the young person is detained. Youth Justice Board figures show that all juveniles in young offender institutions received the following average number of hours education, training and personal development activity per week:


Number of looked- after children in YOIs

Average hours education per week for all young people










We will be making proposals to improve the education of all juvenile offenders in the forthcoming Youth Crime Action Plan in the summer.