The Youth Justice Board is to cut 28 secure children’s home beds from April.
The YJB has announced that it is commissioning 138 places in nine secure homes from 1 April 2014, down from 166 when the two-year contracts were last renewed in 2012.
Lin Hinnigan, chief executive of the Youth Justice Board, said the move is because fewer young people are entering custody.
“The YJB is committed to maintaining the secure children’s home sector to accommodate young people for whom it is appropriate provision,” she said.
“The welcome reduction in the number of young people in custody has allowed us to review the current provision of secure children’s homes beds to better match supply and demand.”