Young Offenders

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 14th December 2009.

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Photo of David Ruffley David Ruffley Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many referral orders relating to children aged (a) 10 or 11, (b) 12 to 14 and (c) 15 to 17 years old have been (i) issued and (ii) breached in each year since 1997.

Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Children, Young People and Families)

The information is as follows:

(i) The following table shows the number of referral orders that have been given to young people by courts.

The presented data are broken down by financial years and by the following age groups: (a) 10 and 11, (b) 12 to 14 and (c) 15 to 17 years old.

(ii) Referral orders are orders of the court and are not breached as other community orders. The YJB does not hold the data on orders that have been revoked after being returned back to the court following non compliance with referral order contract. Referral orders were piloted in some areas between 1999/2000 and 2001/02 and became available in England and Wales in April 2002.

Complete data prior to financial year 2000/01 are not held by the Youth Justice Board.

Referral orders
10-11 12-14 15-17 Total
2000-01 25 360 903 1,288
2001-02 52 611 1,582 2,245
2002-03 628 7,096 19,632 27,356
2003-04 541 7,569 19,173 27,283
2004-05 583 7,845 17,705 26,133
2005-06 586 8,439 19,369 28,394
2006-07 545 8,509 19,668 28,722
2007-08 523 8,315 19,637 28,475

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which as with any large recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing and may be subject to change over time.

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