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Maggie Blyth, Chris Wright, and Robert Newman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781847422613

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847422613.001.0001

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Children in custody

Children in custody

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Children and young people in custody

Rod Morgan

Policy Press

In 2000, the Youth Justice Board (YJB), created by the Crime and Disorder Act of 1998, sought and was given responsibility for commissioning and purchasing all custodial places in England and Wales required for children and young people by the criminal courts by virtue of their remand and sentencing decisions. YJB took on provision for what is proportionately the largest population of children in penal custody in Western Europe. It was arguably a poisoned chalice. This chapter addresses three questions. What, over the past decade, has been the trend regarding use of custody for children and youths and who are the young people in custody? How is the provision of custody for children organised, managed and made accountable? And what are the prospects for change? First, it looks at the population trends and characteristics of children at risk, and then discusses governance, organisation and accountability regarding those children.

Keywords:   England, Wales, children, custody, Youth Justice Board, population, governance, organisation, accountability

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