Surge in proportion of black, Asian and ethnic minority children in custody

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”.

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