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Figures showing the number of young people in secure units were published today. ...
Figures showing the number of young people in secure units were published today.

Movement into and out of units in the previous 12 months was also covered in the figures. The figures which end in March 1993 show:

Position at the end of the year:

There were 251 young people in local authority secure units at 31 March 1993.

The majority were boys (five out of six); nearly three quarters were aged 14-16.

One in every nine had been in the unit for more than a year.

Admissions and discharges during the year:

There were 1330 admissions to secure units in the year ending 31 March 1993.

About a third of these related to girls and a quarter to young people who had been in the same unit earlier in the year.

Slightly over half of discharges from secure accommodation related to young people accommodated for less than a month.

A quarter of those admitted were being accommodated under voluntary arrangements and four out of nine were remanded for trial or sentence or detained by the police.

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