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Unlocking the facts: young people referred to secure children's homes

Williams, Annie ORCID:, Wood, Sophie ORCID:, Warner, Nell ORCID:, Cummings, Aimee, Hodges, Helen, El-Banna, Asmaa and Daher, Shahd 2020. Unlocking the facts: young people referred to secure children's homes. What Works for Children's Social Care. Available at:

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Secure Children’s Homes (SCHs) in the UK are licensed to deprive young people referred to them by court of their liberty.  Young people placed in SCHs are either sentenced or on remand through the justice system or placed due to local authority concerns that a young person is a serious risk to themselves or others.  At present SCHs lack sufficient capacity to provide a place for all young people referred to them for welfare reasons. When this happens, local authorities must provide an alternative accommodation that meets the young person’s needs and keeps them safe. With little knowledge of the experiences of young people from England who receive a secure order for welfare reasons, this study set out to explore and compare similarities and differences between the journeys and outcomes of young people placed in SCHs and those housed in an alternative accommodation.

Item Type: Monograph (UNSPECIFIED)
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE)
Publisher: What Works for Children's Social Care
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 8 December 2020
Date of Acceptance: 3 December 2020
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2023 01:45

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