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the Demand for Places in Juvenile Secure Facilities
BackgroundAs part of the reorganisation of the youth justice system, the Youth Justice Board (YJB) of the Home Office became responsible for purchasing and commissioning places for juveniles remanded or sentenced to custody. The Dartington Social Research Unit (DSRU) and PRB were funded by the YJB to assess the likely demand for places over the next three years, and to investigate the range of factors that may affect demand. Demand undoubtedly changes over time, due to socio-demographic forces, policy changes, attitudes of magistrates to new court disposals, and availability of places. Developments in the youth justice system will produce new sources of information, as the YJB is requiring that local youth offending teams provide annual audit information. Part of the aim of this project was to determine the key questions that can be asked year on year to gauge likely need for secure places.
What did the research involve?
The timescale for this project was very short, eight weeks in total. The project was completed by Easter 1999. Within that time period three different types of data collection took place:
Timescale and final product of the research
An unpublished report was submitted to the Youth Justice Board in 1999.
Last updated July 2004