User Voice has investigated drug use in the children and young people in secure estate, covering young offender institutions, secure training centres and secure children’s homes. The report, commissioned by NHS England, was based on 16 focus groups with 93 participants across 9 secure sites, as well as a survey of 201 children and young people across 3 sites and further interviews. Key findings include: 85 per cent of those surveyed had tried some form of drug, as well as 90 per cent of focus group participants; of the young people surveyed who use drugs one third reported using them to cope, citing grief and anger as emotions they use them to deal with.
Source: User Voice Date: 7 November 2018
Further information: Nitty drugs & broken trust: young people talk spice and the secure estate (PDF)