To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women in custody applied for a place in a mother and baby unit in 2017.
16 March 2018
When considering applications for admission to Mother and Baby Units, the best interests of the child are paramount.
In 2016-17, 119 applications were received; 61 were approved and 16 declined. The remaining applications did not proceed for other reasons. Some women may change their mind, are released from custody, miscarry or have a termination.