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Young Offenders

Home Department written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Shadow Minister (London), Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people aged (a) 10, (b) 11, (c) 12 and (d) 13 were (i) arrested, (ii) charged and (iii) found guilty of a criminal offence in each year between 1997 and 2011

Photo of Jeremy Browne Jeremy Browne The Minister of State, Home Department

The arrests data collection for England and Wales began in 1999-2000, and data can only be broken down to the age groupings 'under 10 years', '10-17 years', '18-20 years', '21 years and over' and 'age unknown'. Latest available information therefore relates to arrests for notifiable offences of persons aged between 10 and 17 years for the financial years 1999-2000 to 2010-11, and are shown in Table A. Data for 2011-12 are scheduled to be published in the spring of 2013.

The Ministry of Justice has advised that data on persons charged are not collected centrally.

Information provided by the Ministry of Justice showing the number of defendants aged 10, 11, 12 and 13 years found guilty for criminal offences at all courts in England and Wales between the years 1997 and 2011 are shown in Table B.

Since the arrests data are based on the year in which persons were arrested, and the convictions data are based on the year in which court proceedings were concluded, data in the two tables are not directly comparable.

Table A—Number of arrested(1) persons aged between 10 and 17 years: England and Wales, 1999-2000 to 2010-11
Year of arrest(2) Number
1999-2000 318,400
2000-01 320,600
2001-02 314,200
2002-03 299,500
2003-04 313,200
2004-05 332,800
2005-06 348,500
2006-07 353,370
2007-08 315,403
2008-09 273,269
2009-10 241,459
2010-11 210,660
(1) Arrested for notifiable offences. (2) Figures for 1999-2000 to 2005-06 contain estimates for some police forces and are rounded to the nearest 100.
Table B—Offenders found guilty of a criminal offence by age: England and Wales, 1997 to 2011(1)
Number
  Age (years)(2)
Year(3) 10 11 12 13
1997 93 330 1,103 3,005
1998 121 488 1,560 3,653
1999 160 748 1,876 4,245
2000 195 759 1,921 4,501
2001 199 727 2,160 4,826
2002 178 724 1,984 4,738
2003 168 714 1,904 4,612
2004 209 670 1,995 5,066
2005 152 703 2,040 5,277
2006 128 591 1,999 4,985
2007 146 630 2,081 5,260
2008(4) 84 580 1,763 4,660
2009 61 381 1,465 3,830
2010 42 261 1,132 3,326
2011 34 209 825 2,529
(1) The figures given in the table on court proceedings relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. Defendants found guilty of two or more offences are counted once. (2) The age of offenders when found guilty. (3) The year in which offenders were found guilty. (4) Excludes convictions data for Cardiff magistrates court for April, July, and August 2008. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice.

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