Juveniles placed on reference day

Since 2010, the number of minors in placement out of their families in Switzerland has been counted once a year (reference day). During the construction phase of the JUSAS database, these data were transmitted in aggregate form by the juvenile judges to the FSO to remedy the lack of data in this area. This is a snapshot of the number of minors in placement. These time series will be continued with data from JUSAS.

Key figures
 

2022

2023

Total juveniles in placement on reference day

440

378

Proportion of men (as %)

88,0

91,0

Proportion of women (as %)

12,0

0,9

Aged up to 15 (as %)

11,0

12,4

16 and over (as %)

89,0

87,6

Data updated: 26.05.2023 Source: FSO - Reference day survey, juvenile detentions (SJS)
Juveniles placed under criminal law on reference day
 

2022

2023

Total of juveniles in placement on reference day

440

378

Prior to sentencing

242

209

Precautionary protection measure

196

169

of which open custody

123

98

of which closed custody

40

40

of which institutional observation

32

31

detention for disciplinary reasons

1

0

Pre-trial detention/detention for security reasons

46

40

After sentencing

198

169

Protective measures

147

149

of which open custody

125

124

of which closed custody

19

24

detention for disciplinary reasons

3

1

Imprisonment

51

20

Data updated: 26.05.2023 Source: FSO - Reference day survey, juvenile detentions (SJS)

Information on juveniles in placement

The survey includes all persons aged 10 and over who committed an offence as a juvenile and who are placed under juvenile law outside of their families. Such external placements can be ordered by the court either as a preventive measure prior to sentencing or at the time of sentencing. Numbers are collected from the cantonal offices of the juvenile prosecutors.

(Out-of-home) placement as a precautionary protection measure

If the necessary education and treatment of juveniles cannot be otherwise guaranteed, the juvenile courts can impose a placement. Juveniles may be placed with private individuals or in an educational institution or treatment facility that can provide them with the educational or therapeutic help they need.

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CH-2010 Neuch√Ętel
Switzerland

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