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Secure Estate for Children and Young People (Response to Consultation)

Volume 542: debated on Monday 26 March 2012

Today we are publishing our response to the consultation on the “Strategy for the Secure Estate for Children and Young People for England and Wales” alongside plans for the secure estate until 2015.

Both are joint publications between the Ministry of Justice and the Youth Justice Board.

Custody is the appropriate sanction for those young people who commit the most persistent and most serious crimes. Custody is always a last resort but can help young people face up and address their offending behaviour. It is also an opportunity, if properly delivered, to set young people on a more constructive path.

The recent reduction in the number of young people in custody means that the secure estate is now going through a period of change. This has presented us with an opportunity to consider the most appropriate configuration of the estate and consider whether different regimes can deliver improved outcomes.

The response to the consultation and the future plans for the secure estate can be found on the Ministry of Justice website at: