Preventing young people from offending or re-offending increases their life chances and opportunities, reduces the number of victims of crime, improves the communities in which they live and reduces the cost of dealing with them through the criminal justice system.

Factsheet: Young people:Prevention of Offending and Re-offending (PDF, 347kb)

Key messages

  • The number of First Time Entrants to the Youth Justice System continues to fall in County Durham. Between 2007/8 and 2015/16, there has been an 85.7% reduction in FTEs, from 1,129 in 2007/08 to 161 in 2015/16.
  • There has been a continued reduction in the number of young people re-offending and the number of reoffences Since 2010-11 there has been a 54.6% reduction in both the number of offences committed (2464 to 1118) and in the number of young people offending (1270 to 576).
  • Research shows that vulnerable young people are most at risk of offending. That would include young people who are: looked after by the Local Authority; not in education, employment or training; using drugs and/or alcohol; experiencing mental health issues; suffering from a range of unmet basic needs; truanting from school; having long periods of unstructured leisure time.

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