Prison terms for teens in care
More than half of young people locked up last year were under the care of Kent County Council.
Eleven of the 20 teenagers from Kent who were sent to Cookham Wood young offenders’ institution and Medway Secure Training Centre, both in Rochester, were in care. All the defendants, who were male and aged 15 to 17, were handed sentences of four months to more than five years.
And for every five young people remanded in detention waiting for trial, three were under the care of the county council.
Corporate director for children, young people and education at Kent County Council, Matt Dunkley, told councillors these figures are improving. In the past, he said, numbers would be more like 80-100 young people.
He added the treatment of young delinquents has improved with “a lot of time and patience.”
Head of Kent youth justice service, Louise Fisher, added that education opportunities have also improved for young people “to continue with their aspirations and progress while in secure state”.