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Children in youth custody rises

The number of young people being held in youth custody has risen for the first time in nine years, according to government statistics.

There were 909 young people under 18 in youth custody in April this year – an increase of 5.9% from the 858 young people incarcerated the previous month in March.

The figures show that it was three more young people than the 906 youths in custody last April.

For April 2017, the overall population of the secure estate for children and young people, including those aged 18 years old, was 991. This is an increase of 37 from March 2017 a decrease of 21 from the previous year.

The overall occupancy rate for the secure estate for children and young people, including those aged 18 years old in April 2017 was 85%, compared to 81% from the previous month.

The Youth Justice Board no longer has responsibility for youth custody since April to enable it to focus on building on its track record of providing independent advice on and monitoring the system.

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