HC Deb 24 June 2002 vol 387 cc726-7W
Dr. Fox

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the definition is of a youth treatment centre; what conditions they treat; where they are located; and how many children are treated in each. [61458]

Jacqui Smith

Two youth treatment centres were opened in the 1970s to provide long-term care and treatment for a small minority of severely disturbed and antisocial children whose specialist treatment needs could not be satisfactorily met by the forms of residential provision that existed at that time. The first centre, based in Brentwood in Essex, closed in 1995 and the second based in Birmingham in the Midlands closed in 2000. The children and young people that may have been considered for placement with youth treatment centres are now cared for in local authority provision r placed by the youth justice board as appropriate to their needs.

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