An 18-month study into care leavers in prison has revealed
government confusion about the number locked up.
A study by the National Children’s Bureau finds that, although the
Department for Education and Skills claims just 4 per cent of
children in prison have been in care, the Youth Justice Board
claims 18 per cent.
Meanwhile, a separate survey of a young offender institution on one
day found that half of the 280 inmates had been looked after, the
charity claims. The care status of a further 25 per cent was
ambiguous and nearly one in five was entitled to social services
Diana Hart, principal officer at the NCB’s children’s residential
care unit, warned: “There is systematic under-reporting, with DfES
questions about inmates not getting the real numbers and the YJB
asking the wrong questions about care status.”