Secure Care Accommodation
- Average number of residents reduced by 1 to 79 since 2018
- The number of young people admitted to secure care increased by 3% to 217 since 2018.
This section presents 2018-19 data on secure care accommodation. Following the conventions in the rest of this publication 2018-19 is referred to as 2019. Secure care is used for a small number of young people who present high risk to themselves or others and a placement to secure can only be authorised following a decision through the Children's Hearing System or a Court.
There were 84 secure places available in five secure units in Scotland excluding emergency beds on 31 July 2019 (Table 3.1). Furthermore, there were an additional 7 beds available across these units for emergency and short-term use - these would normally only be used if required and on a short-term basis.
|Unit||Number of secure care beds|
|Edinburgh Secure Services||6|
|St. Mary's Kenmure(1)||24|
(1) Excluding emergency or short-term beds
Capacity and usage
Table 3.2 shows there were an average of 79 residents in secure care accommodation between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019, a slight decrease from an average of 80 in the previous year. There was an 18% increase in the average number of residents from within Scotland and a decrease of 26% in the average number of residents from outside Scotland, most of whom were from England.
The number of nights emergency beds were used was 398 in 2019. This is an increase of 40% from 284 in the previous year. The number of residents using emergency beds has also increased from 41 in 2018 to 55 in 2019.
|2014||2015||2016||2017||2018(3,4)||2019||% change 2018-19|
|Places at year end||90||90||90||84||84||84||0%|
|Admissions during the year||232||249||256||248||210||217||3%|
|Discharges during the year||226||245||253||257||213||210||-1%|
|Average number of residents during the year||74||82||85||76||80||79||-1%|
|Residents from within Scotland||67||76||72||56||45||53||18%|
|Residents from outside Scotland||7||6||13||19||35||26||-26%|
|Minimum number of residents during the year||60||71||77||67||73||71||-3%|
|Maximum number of residents during the year(1)||84||89||90||87||86||88||2%|
|Number of nights emergency bed used during the year(2)||5||146||50||90||284||398||40%|
|Number of residents emergency bed used for during the year(2)||3||13||11||25||41||55||34%|
(1) Capacity: Young people can be admitted and discharged more than once during the year.
(2) Four units reported having an emergency bed: Rossie Secure Accommodation Services; Good Shepherd Centre; Kibble Education and Care Centre; and St. Mary's Kenmure St Mary's Kenmure also have 3 short-term beds. (see background notes for definition of an emergency or short-term bed).
(3) 2018 figures for emergency bed usage have been estimated for St. Mary's Kenmure.
(4) 2018 figures for all items in this table, except places at year end, have been corrected in this publication due to the discovery of an error affecting residents admitted to emergency beds.
On 31 July 2019, 29% of young people in secure care accommodation were female (Table 3.3); 65% were aged 16 or over; and 90% were aged 15 or older.
On 31 July 2019, 32% of young people in secure care accommodation had at least one disability, defined as "a mental or physical impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities".
|2014||2015||2016||2017||2018(3)||2019||% of 2019 total|
|Gender of residents(4)|
|Age of Residents|
|13 years old or under||5||7||9||14||12||*||*|
|16 years or over||33||32||34||22||27||55||65%|
|Residents with disability|
|Length of stay of residents at year end|
|Less than 1 month||13||17||20||26||10||21||25%|
|1 month to under 2 months||14||16||14||13||14||16||19%|
|2 months to under 3 months||14||13||14||12||13||9||11%|
|3 months to under 6 months||23||26||24||25||27||22||26%|
|6 months to under 1 year||9||*||10||*||14||11||13%|
|1 year or more||8||*||6||*||0||5||6%|
(1) As at 31 July of each year.
(2) Cells containing * represent numbers that are suppressed to maintain confidentiality.
(3) 2018 figures for all items in this table have been corrected in this publication due to the discovery of an error affecting residents admitted to emergency beds.
(4) Trans, intersex and non-binary individuals are grouped with males for the purposes of maintaining confidentiality.
Cross-UK secure care accommodation comparisons
Table 3.4 shows secure children's homes/secure care accommodation units, places approved, and children accommodated across the United Kingdom. This shows that there is no clear trend in the number of children accommodated in England and Wales, as the numbers have fluctuated.
As noted earlier in this Secure Care Accommodation section, the Scotland total includes a number of children that are from the rest of the UK. The England and Wales totals may also include some children from other parts of the UK, but these numbers aren't published separately.
|England||Number of secure children's homes||16||14||14||14||14||14|
|Wales||Number of secure children's homes||1||1||1||1||1||1|
|Scotland(4)||Number of secure care units||5||5||5||5||5||5|
(1) Sources: England and Wales - Statistics on secure children's homes: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-secure-children-s-homes; Scotland - Secure care accommodation census; Northern Ireland, official/national statistics are not produced on secure care accommodation. The legal routes into secure care can vary between the four UK countries.
(2) As noted elsewhere, the Scotland total includes a number of children from the rest of the UK, so trends in each country based on the children's origin may be different.
(3) The figures from outside Scotland include children placed on welfare grounds only.
(4) To allow for comparison with England and Wales, Scotland's data for all years is 'at 31 March' within this table only.
(5) 2018 figure for children accommodated in Scotland been corrected in this publication due to the discovery of an error affecting residents admitted to emergency beds.
There is more information on the comparability of child protection data across the UK at the bottom of the following link: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Children/socialservicestats
The data used to produce the charts and tables on secure care in the publication are available in the supporting files accompanying the publication. There are also additional tables available in the supporting files. www.gov.scot/collections/childrens-social-work
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