Secure Care Accommodation
Secure care accommodation is a locked residential care setting that provides intensive trauma-informed support, care, and education to children aged 12-18 years who may be a significant risk to themselves or others in the community. A secure care placement can only be authorised following a decision through the Children's Hearing system, court, or as an emergency placement for a looked after child for up to 72 hours before attending a Hearing or court.
In Scotland there are five secure care accommodation units in total. As at 31 July 2021, there were 84 beds available in five secure units (of which, one is a local authority run setting and four are independent) in Scotland, compared with 90 beds in 2014. In 2021, the annual average number of residents was 76, compared with 74 in 2014.
In 2021, 177 young people were admitted to secure care accommodation (rate of 0.31 per 1,000), compared with 232 young people in 2014 (rate of 0.39 per 1,000; Chart 11). Admissions may include young people who are from elsewhere in the UK.
Rate per 1,000 is calculated using relevant NRS mid-year population estimates for those aged 10-19 years.
Young people can be admitted more than once during the year.
7.3 Demographic profiles of residents
In 2021, 56% of residents were male and 44% were female. The highest proportion were over the age of 15 (72%; Chart 12).
In 2021, 23% of residents had a disabilty, while the remaining 77% either did not have a disability, or this information was not known.
For queries relating to a child at risk of harm please contact the appropriate local authority directly.
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