Young people and crime

The Ministry of Justice has published the annual Youth Justice Statistics for 2013/14.

Key findings include that:

  • There were 2,932 assaults by young people in custody during 2013/14, an increase of seven percent on the previous year;
  • Although overall self-harm incidents fell by five percent, the number of incidents per 100 young people increased from 5.2 in 2012/13 to 6.6 in 2013/14;
  • There were 5,714 incidents of restraint in 2013/14, a fall of 12 percent on the previous year, however the number of restraints per 100 young people increased from 23.8 in 2012/13 to 28.4 in 2013/14;
  • Overall offending by young people has fallen by eight percent in the past year;
  • The number of first-time entrants into the youth justice system fell by a quarter; andd
  • The average population of young people under 18 in custody in 2013/14 was 1,216, a fall of 21 percent on 2012/13.

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The Early Intervention Foundation has published guidance for commissioners on maximising the impact of mentoring programmes to reduce gang involvement and youth violence.

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