HC Deb 29 March 1979 vol 965 c332W
55. Mr. Edward Gardner

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many places in community homes in England and Wales are now (a) available, (b) taken, and (c) vacant for juvenile offenders; and how many of these places provide secure accommodation.

Mr. Moyle

There were approximately 41,600 places available in community homes in England and Wales on 31 March 1977. On that date, 33,700 children in care were accommodated in community homes. Children may be placed in care because, for example, they are beyond the control of their parents, exposed to moral danger, or being neglected, as well as following criminal proceedings. Community homes do not set aside specific places for juvenile offenders. There are at present 318 places in secure accommodation in community homes in England and Wales.