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Secure Training Centre

A type of secure accommodation that children may be placed in if they are in custody.  Secure training centres are for children up to the age of 17.

There are three secure training centres (STCs) in England and Wales –


The Youth Custody Placement Service team decides where children who are remanded or sentenced to custody are placed. Usually girls aged 12 and over, boys aged 12-14 and older boys who are considered vulnerable are sent to a secure training centre (STC).

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


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