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Types of secure establishment

Jim Rose

in Children and young people in custody

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9781847422613
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301752 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847422613.003.0003
Types of secure establishment

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The idea of a secure estate for children and young people is relatively recent in the United Kingdom and can be traced to the foundation of the Youth Justice Board (YJB) by the incoming Labour government in 1997. Since then, the YJB has been the main vehicle for the coordination of policy and practice across the whole youth justice system, with particular responsibility for raising standards in all types of custodial provision, in terms of both cost-effectiveness and regime provision. While it is undoubtedly true that too many young people are in custody at any one time, for reasons that they present a ‘danger to self or others’, the use of secure accommodation is part of youth justice policy and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. This chapter examines the custodial regime and looks at some of the critical factors influencing a young person's experience of custody and therefore its potential for providing positive experiences and opportunities for growth and development.

Keywords: United Kingdom; children; young people; Youth Justice Board; sentencing; custody; secure estate; youth justice

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