Use of force on young people in custody
1. Main facts and figures
- in 2017/18, there was an average of 549 incidents per month where staff used force on young people in custody in England and Wales
- the rate of use of force incidents was lower for White young people in custody than for young people from all other ethnic groups combined
The ethnic categories used in this data
The number of young people involved in incidents of use of force 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 of offender
|White||Other than White|
|Establishment||White Average number of incidents per 100 young people||White Average number of incidents||Other than White Average number of incidents per 100 young people||Other than White Average number of incidents|
|Cookham Wood YOI||29.3||20||40.2||50|
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.