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July 17, 2019

The Children's Commissioner UK has released a new report that claims an estimated 1500 children are being deprived of their liberty at exceptional cost to the public purse.


In the report Anne Longfield has stated

  • There were 1,465 children in England securely detained in 2018, of whom 873 were in held in youth justice settings, 505 were in mental health wards and 87 were in secure children’s homes for their own welfare. However, this number is likely to be an underestimate due to gaps in the data.

  • We spend around £300m a year on 1,465 children in England – excluding what we spend on those ‘invisible’ children whose settings we don’t have information about.


At SEN World we believe these numbers are only the tip of the iceberg.  For the following reasons.

(1) Lack of information sharing between CCG

(2) Transition between children's and adults for SEN & SC can result in children going missing in a system if a placement is commissioned out of county.

(3) NHS Digital has only within the last 3 years started to collect data that is giving clear indication of commissioning mechanisms in adult mental health.

(4) Clear data sets are not available upon request at local levels


To read more click the picture and follow the link to the report



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