Custody is when someone is 'locked up'. This can be in a cell in a police station for a short period of time before going to court. From court a child will be sent to a Secure Children's Home (SCH), Secure Training Centre (STC) or a Young Offender's Institution (YOI) depending on their age and vulnerability.
Prison is the place where a person is held when the court has taken away their freedom, where they are held will depend on their age and vulnerability. This could be a secure children's home, a secure training centre, a young offenders' institute or adult prison.
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