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Young Offenders: Children in Care

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of those detained in young offender centres have been at any time a looked-after child or otherwise in the care of the state. (218802)

The Prison Service does not record the information requested in Northern Ireland. However, research in England and Wales suggests about one in three have been in care as a child.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of children who have (a) been arrested, (b) appeared in court, (c) gone through youth conferences and (d) been imprisoned in young offender centres or prison in each of the last 10 years spent time in state administered care. (218834)

Information in the format requested for (a), (b) and (d) is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Information available on (c) covers the proportion of initial admissions to the Juvenile Justice Centre, Northern Ireland, received from care homes:

Proportion (percentage)

1998

15

1999

15

2000

28

2001

25

2002

15

2003

21

2004

35

2005

35

2006

35

2007

26

Notes:

1, Figures exclude cases where looked after status is unknown at time of admission.

2. Figures are based only to children whose residential address is a care home at time of admission.

3. Figures are based on the first 10 months of 2007 only.