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Young Offenders

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of people detained in young offender institutions (a) are from care home backgrounds, (b) were children in care and (c) have been assessed as having special educational needs, broken down by type of special educational need. (241727)

Of the 59,500 young people looked after by local authorities at 31 March 2008, 130 were placed in a young offender institution (YOI) or prison. Data on the number of young people in YOIs who may have been looked after by local authorities earlier in their childhoods are not collected centrally.

Data on the number of young people in YOIs assessed as having special educational needs are not collected centrally. The Learning and Skills Council collects information on the number of referrals of young people in YOIs to special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs). Returns from August 2007 to July 2008 indicate that 3,320 such referrals were made over the period.