Assaults carried out by young people in custody
1. Main facts and figures
- between 2010/11 and 2017/18, the rate of assaults per 100 young people in custody more than tripled for White young people
- in the same period, the rate of assaults more than doubled for young people from all the other ethnic groups combined
- in 2017/18, for every 100 White young people there was an average of 28.1 assaults per month, compared with 29.5 assaults in all other ethnic groups combined
The ethnic categories used in this data
The number of young people carrying out assaults was too small to make reliable generalisations about specific ethnic categories.
Therefore, the data is broken down into the following 2 broad categories:
- White – White ethnic groups (including White British and White ethnic minorities)
- Other – all other ethnic minorities
2. By ethnicity
|White||Other than White|
|Time||White Rate of incidents per 100 young people in custody per month||White Average population in custody||White Average number of assaults per month||Other than White Rate of incidents per 100 young people in custody per month||Other than White Average population in custody||Other than White Average number of assaults per month|
The monthly population of young people held in secure facilities is calculated from 2 figures:
- the number of young people in custody at the beginning of the month
- any new admissions during the month.
This is then averaged over the year and used to calculate the rate of assaults.
Figures do not include data where ethnicity is unknown.
The data is checked, but as with all large administrative surveys errors and omissions can occur.
Percentages have been rounded to 1 decimal point. Due to this, some figures may not add up to 100. Counts have been rounded to the nearest whole number. All calculations have been made using unrounded figures.
See the Youth justice statistics for 2017/18 for unrounded figures and the percentages calculated from them.
Further technical information
Figures published before the release of the 2017/18 youth justice statistics may have been revised since their original publication.
4. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
Ministry of Justice
Purpose of data source
Youth justice data is used by the government to develop, monitor and evaluate criminal justice policy for young offenders. It reports on activity in the criminal justice system for England and Wales, giving information for the latest year and also longer-term trends.