Childrens Act 1989 Section 25 Accomodation

1) )The total annual number of persons placed on secure accommodation orders (under section 25 of the Children Act 1989) for each of the last 5 calendar years (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)?
These are the young people admitted to the home in the following Calendar years.

YearNumber of young people
201431
201533
201629
201726
20188

2) Please breakdown the numbers given in answer to Q1 for each of the last 5 calendar years by:
a. Those placed on a secure accommodation order under the provisions in clause (1) (a) (i & ii) of Section 25 of the Children Act 1989
b. Those placed on a secure accommodation order under the provisions in clause (1) (b) of Section 25 of the Children Act 1989

We do not hold this information. Court orders do not specify which subsection of S25 the order is issued under but only grant authority to keep a young person under Section 25 Children Act 1989.

3) The longest period of time a young person is known to have spent on a secure accommodation order during the last five financial years.

365 days

4) What was the council’s maximum capacity in it’s secure accommodation (as defined by section 25 of the Children Act 1989) in each of the last 5 financial years (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)?

Year Maximum capacity of our secure accommodation  
201410
201510
201610
201710
201812

5) Can you tell me the average occupation rate of the council’s secure accommodation (as defined by section 25 of the Children Act 1989) in each of the last 5 financial years (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)? By this I mean, for example, that in 2015 secure accommodation was on average 85% occupied ‘ that on average 85% percent of the total capacity was occupied across the year.

Year Average occupancy rate 
2014 – 201595.64%
2015 – 201689.40%
2016 – 201774.27%
2017 – 201876.71%
2018 – 201953.70%

These figures are based on the number of young people in the home only. It does not take account of young people that require 1:1 or 2:1 support; a factor that reduces overall occupancy possible due to staff required to support more complex needs. Occupancy levels are also impacted by staffing levels.