Young people in custody
- 1. Navigate to Main facts and figures section
- 2. Navigate toBy ethnicity over time section
- 3. Navigate toBy ethnicity and type of custodial order over time section
- 4. Navigate toBy ethnicity and type of offence section
- 5. Navigate to Methodology section
- 6. Navigate to Data sources section
- 7. Navigate to Download the data section
1. Main facts and figures
- in the 14 years to March 2019, the number of young people in youth custody went down in every ethnic group
- in the year ending March 2019, 27.8% of people in youth custody were Black – more than double the percentage in the year ending March 2006 (12.5%)
- White people made up around half (50.6%) of young people in custody in the year ending March 2019, compared with 71.7% in the year ending March 2006
- in the year ending March 2019, more young people were in custody for violence against the person than any other type of offence
The ethnic categories used in this data
The number of young people in youth custody was too small to make reliable generalisations about specific ethnic groups. Because of this, we show data for 4 ethnic groups:
- Other (including Asian)
We include an extra category for young people whose ethnicity wasn’t known.
For types of offence and custodial order, we show data for 2 ethnic groups to make sure estimates are reliable:
- White (including White British and White ethnic minorities)
- Other (all other ethnic minorities)
2. By ethnicity over time
|Black||Mixed||White||Other including Asian||Unknown|
|Time||Black %||Black Number||Mixed %||Mixed Number||White %||White Number||Other inc Asian %||Other inc Asian Number||Unknown %||Unknown Number|
Summary of Young people in custody By ethnicity over time Summary
3. By ethnicity and type of custodial order over time
|White||Other than White|
|Year||White Remand||White DTO||White Section 91||White Other Sentences||Other than White Remand||Other than White DTO||Other than White Section 91||Other than White Other Sentences|
Summary of Young people in custody By ethnicity and type of custodial order over time Summary
4. By ethnicity and type of offence
|Breach of statutory order||Domestic Burglary||Drugs||Robbery||Sexual offences||Violence against the person||Other offences|
|Year||Breach of statutory order % White||Breach of statutory order % Other||Domestic Burglary % White||Domestic Burglary % Other||Drugs % White||Drugs % Other||Robbery % White||Robbery % Other||Sexual offences % White||Sexual offences % Other||Violence against the person % White||Violence against the person % Other||Other offences % White||Other offences % Other|
Summary of Young people in custody By ethnicity and type of offence Summary
Young people in custody report their own ethnicity which staff then record.
The number of young people in custody is counted at the start of each month. Figures are updated to include new admissions during the month, and then averaged across a 12-month period.
Percentages have been rounded to 1 decimal point. Due to this, some figures may not add up to 100. Average numbers of young people in custody have been rounded to the nearest whole number. All calculations have been made using unrounded figures.
Further technical information
Figures published before the release of the 2018 to 2019 youth justice statistics may have been revised since their original publication.
6. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
Ministry of Justice
Purpose of data source
The data is used by the government to develop, monitor and evaluate criminal justice policy for young offenders in England and Wales.
7. Download the data
This file contains the following: measure, ethnicity, year, legal basis for detention, offence group, value, number