Use of force on young offenders in custody
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1. Main facts and figures
in 2015/16, force was used with White young offenders less frequently than with young people from all other ethnic groups combined
the greatest difference between the frequency of use of force with young White offenders and those from all other ethnic groups combined was found in Werrington YOI and Cookham Wood YOI
The ethnic categories used in this data
Because the number of young people involved in incidents was too small to draw any firm conclusions based on specific ethnic categories, 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. Use of force on young offenders by ethnicity of offender
|Establishment||White Number of incidents per 100 young people||White Number of incidents||Other Number of incidents per 100 young people||Other Number of incidents|
|Cookham Wood YOI||30.5||25.6||58.2||60.2|
Summary of Use of force on young offenders in custody Use of force on young offenders by ethnicity of offender Summary
Young people self-report their ethnicity. Staff working in secure training centres and young offender institutions then record this information on an administrative system.
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.
Ethnicity figures do not include data where ethnicity is unknown.
Values have been rounded to 1 decimal place.
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 2015/16 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.
5. Download the data
This file contains the following: ethnicity, year, geography, value, numerator