Children and young people in secure settings

Around 10,000 children and young people a year in the UK come into contact with secure settings. They are some of the most vulnerable, often suffering poor physical and mental health. These standards help healthcare professionals, commissioners, service providers, regulators, managers and governors ensure that these young people receive the care they need to improve their health outcomes.

The standards have been developed by the RCPCH, in conjunction with the Royal College of General Practitioners, Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine and Faculty of Public Health.

The standards take a pathway approach, following the young person’s journey through a secure setting to aid multi-professional working.

The insights of young people in secure settings influenced the development of the standards from the outset. The standards apply to children and young people aged between 10-17 (inclusive) on both welfare and justice placements in secure centres (young offender institutions, secure children’s homes, secure training centres and their equivalents).