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Secure Accommodation

Secure accommodation is where children are placed by local authorities and are not allowed to leave.

Children aged 10-11 can be sent to a Secure Children’s Home (SCH) if they are refused bail and are remanded to local authority accommodation (RLAA) and a separate court order gives permission to place the child into secure accommodation.1

Children aged 10-11 can be sentenced to custodial sentences but this will happen rarely.

Children aged 12 – 17 can be sent to a Secure Children’s Home (SCH), Secure Training Centre (STC) and boys can be sent to a Young Offender Institution (YOI).


  1. Applications are made under Children Act 1989 s25 / Criminal Justice Act 1991 s60(3)   (back)