Surge in proportion of black, Asian and ethnic minority children in custody | Children & Young People Now

Originally published by Children & Young People Now on 08 June 2018 | Author Neil Puffett

Nearly half of children in custody are now black, Asian or from an ethnic minority (BAME), despite efforts to tackle their disproportional over-representation within the youth justice system, government figures show.

More than 48 per cent of under-18s in custody are black, Asian, or from another ethnic minority.

Statistics published by the Ministry of Justice show that as of April, there were 940 under-18s in youth custody, of which 452 (48.1 per cent) were BAME, while the ethnicity of a further 18 young people (1.9 per cent) was classed as “unknown”.

Read full piece at source: Surge in proportion of black, Asian and ethnic minority children in custody | Children & Young People Now

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