Restrictive physical interventions involving young people in custody
1. Main facts and figures
- in 2017/18, there was a lower rate of restrictive physical interventions (where a young person’s movement or mobility is restricted) among White young people in custody compared with young people from all other ethnic groups combined
- in 7 out of 8 years between 2010/11 and 2017/18, the rate of restrictive physical interventions for White young people was lower than for young people from all other ethnic groups combined
- in 2017/18, the rate of restrictive physical interventions in both the White and Other ethnic groups reached its highest point in the 8 years covered by this data
The ethnic categories used in this data
The number of young people involved in restrictive physical interventions 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 per 100 young people per month||White Average number per month||Other than White Rate per 100 young people per month||Other than White Average number per month|
Young people report their own ethnicity. Staff working in secure training centres and young offender institutions then record this information.
The numbers of young people in custody are counted at the beginning of each month. They 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. 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
The data is used by the government to develop, monitor and evaluate criminal justice policy for young offenders in England and Wales.