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Young Offender Institution (YOI)

A type of secure accommodation that children may be placed in if they are in custody.  Young offender institutions are for boys aged 15 – 17 and young adult men aged 18 – 21.

There are five young offender institutions (YOIs) in England & Wales:

The Youth Custody Placement Service team decides where children who are remanded or sentenced to custody are placed. Boys aged 15 and over are usually sent to a young offender institution (YOI).

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)