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Care Proceedings

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many children under 18 years of age who are the subject of (a) pre-court and (b) court orders are not in education, employment or training. (322413)

Figures from the Youth Justice Board indicate that there were 1,708 young people aged under-18 in England and Wales in 2008-09 with final warnings with an intervention, who were not receiving any education, employment or training when their order closed. There were 10,547 young people with relevant community-based penalties or community elements of custodial sentences who were not receiving any suitable education, training or employment.

The data have been supplied by the Youth Justice Board and drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large-scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing and may be subject to change over time. Differences in counting rules may mean that figures from other databases are not directly comparable.