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Reporters: Jim Douglas Henry, Jeremy James, Jeanne La Chard, John Percival, Gillian Strickland, Desmond Wilcox, Harold Williamson
This week: The Approved School
Close on 10,000 of our children - the vast majority of them boys - are now in approved schools, but what good does it do them? They're aged between eight and nineteen years, and they will be kept there for anything up to three years at a cost averaging Â£23 9s. 6d. a week. And within a short time of their release two out of three of the boys will be in trouble with the law again.
There are 121 of these schools in Britain, often in isolated country mansions far removed from the environment the boys knew and imposing a way of life quite different from the life many of them have known and will return to.
In tonight's programme Man Alive goes inside an approved school in Essex, described by the Home Office as 'average,' and meets the boys and the masters in charge of them.