The number of children in youth custody has fallen for the first time since March this year, statistics show.
Figures published by the Ministry of Justice reveal that there were 893 children in custody in August 2017, a fall of 31 children from the 924 incarcerated young people in July.
The MoJ data also shows that the figures for August 2017 were in fact higher year on year as in August 2016 there were 881 children in custody.
For August 2017, the overall population of the secure estate for children and young people, including those aged 18 years old, was 1,003. This is a decrease of 32 from the previous month and an increase of 34 from the previous year.
The overall occupancy rate for the secure estate for children and young people in August 2017, including those aged 18 years old, was 85%, compared to 88% from the previous month.
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A National Deprivation of Liberty Court dealing specifically with applications relating to deprive children of their liberty has been announced by Sir Andrew McFarlane, president of the family division.
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Evidence of poor practice was attributed to a structural flaw the review team found in the multi-agency system [...]
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