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Remanded And Sentenced Under-16S: Education

Volume 622: debated on Wednesday 21 February 2001

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asked Her Majesty's Government:How many young people under the age of 16 have completed their sentence in a Secure Training Centre; how many of that number have now returned to full-time education in schools; and how many are receiving educational provision outside schools. [HL745]

Since 1 April 2000, the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales has assumed responsibility for the commissioning and purchasing of secure accommodation for remanded and sentenced young people. They have provided the following information There are currently three Secure Training Centres (STCs) in operation as detailed in the table below:

Date of openingApril 1998July 1999Sept 1999
Total number of under-16s who have completed their sentence (as at 15.2.01)359 (133 since February 2000)169135
Number who returned to full time education in schools9 (since February 2000)169
Number who received educational provision outside schools68 (since February 2000)9017
This information is not held centrally and in the time available it has not been possible to check more than the last year's files at Medway. I will write to the noble Lord with the full figures relating to Medway Secure Training Centres when they become available.