Skip to main content

Remand in Custody: Young People

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 3 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hours young offenders on remand aged under 18 years spent on education, training and personal development in each young offenders institution serving as a remand centre in the latest period for which figures are available. (314582)

I have been asked to reply.

The Youth Justice Board reports the number of hours per week that young people spend undertaking education, training and personal development activities across the secure estate. This is a broad category that includes education provision delivered by learning providers commissioned by the Learning and Skills Council, as well as interventions, group work sessions, vocational training, and physical education classes delivered directly by the Prison Service or institution.

The YJB have introduced a new set of data items to allow them to monitor the secure estate. Data based on a new and more robust set of indicators are presented here for STCs and SCHs for September 2009. Data using the previous indicator are presented for YOIs. This information is presented in the following tables.

The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) reports that the average number of hours of OLASS funded learning and skills provision (not including personal development activity) delivered per learner per week in the public sector YOIs in the academic year 1 August 2008 to 31 July 2009 was 15.89 hours.

Data are not broken down to show the number of hours spent on education, training and personal development by young people held on remand but the information from the YJB and the LSC includes young people held on remand.

The data supplied by the Youth Justice Board are drawn from administrative computer systems. As with any large scale recording system, the data are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing and may be subject to change over time.

September 2009

Average number of hours

Average hours of education, training and personal development activity per week for young people at Public youth offenders institutes (YOIs)

25.6

Average hours of education, training and personal development activity per week for young people at Private youth offenders institutes (YOIs)

21.8

Average hours of education received per young person per week at SCHs

23.5

Average hours of education received per young person per week at STCs

25.8