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Secure Children’s Home

A type of secure accommodation for children and young people to live in if they are in custody.  Secure children’s homes are for children aged 10 – 17.

The Youth Custody Placement Service team decides where children who are remanded or sentenced to custody are placed. Usually 10 and 11 year olds and older children (aged 12-15) who are considered vulnerable are sent to a secure children’s home (SCH).

A child, their parent or guardian, their legal representative or the youth offending team can challenge a placement decision.1

The Secure Accommodation Network provides a directory of all Secure Children’s Homes.


  1. More information about how to challenge a placement decision.  (back)