1. Main facts and figures
- in 2016/17, White young people in custody had a higher rate of single separation incidents (where they are locked alone in a room) per 100 young people in custody per month, compared with young people from all other ethnic groups combined
- between 2010/11 and 2016/17, the rate of single separation incidents for White young people was consistently higher than for young people from all other ethnic groups combined
The ethnic categories used in this data
The number of young people involved in single separation incidents was too small to draw any firm conclusions based on 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
|Year||Number of single separation incidents per 100 young people per month||Average number of single separation incidents per month||Number of single separation incidents per 100 young people per month||Average number of single separation incidents per month|
Young people report their own ethnicity. Staff working in secure training centres and young offender institutions then record this information on an administrative system.
Single separation incidents are measured as the number per 100 young people in custody. The numbers of young people in custody are counted at the beginning of each month, updated to include new admissions during the month, and then averaged across a 12-month period.
The data does not include young people in custody for whom ethnicity wasn’t known.
Rates per 100 young people have been rounded to 1 decimal place.
Youth justice statistics since 2008.
Further technical information
Data received from the establishments through monthly returns is validated through a reconciliation process on an annual basis. Figures published before the release of the 2016/17 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 people in custody. It reports on activity in the criminal justice system for England and Wales, giving information for the latest year and also longer-term trends.
5. Download the data
This file contains the following: ethnicity, year, value, denominator, numerator