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Significantly lower rates of reoffending for children diverted at the police station



The latest proven reoffending statistics published by the Ministry of Justice show that reoffending rates for children who are dealt with by way of youth caution at the police station are substantially lower ncluding Triage and Community Resolution.


Some general information about reoffending rates is summarised below:

  • Reoffending rates are up by 4 percentage points from 10 years ago.
  • 16,269 children reoffended in the year ending March 2016.
  • In the year 2016-17 children and young people committed an average of 3.79 re-offences each.
  • The reoffending rate for 10-14 year olds has been increasing faster than for 15-17 year old


Proportion of juvenile offenders released from custody or given a reprimand, warning or caution who commit a proven reoffence, April 2005 to March 2016  


The statistics do not provide any data on the reoffending rates for children who receive informal out of court disposals such as ‘triage’ or community resolution. Based on the data, it must be assumed that children who received informal out of court disposals have lower reoffending rates, therefore reinforcing the value of diversion.