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Young Offenders

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of incidents of (a) wounding, (b) assault without injury, (c) assault with minor injury and (d) robbery recorded in the British crime survey were identified by the victim as being carried out by offenders of school age and under, in each of the last 10 years. (289593)

The following table shows the percentage of offenders who were perceived to be of school age and under by victims of violent incidents from the British crime survey (BCS) for surveys between 1999 and 2008-09.

Offender characteristics in BCS violent incidents in England and Wales—British crime survey

Percentage

Violent offences

Age of offender(s)1,2

All violence3

Wounding

Assault with minor iniury4

Assault with no iniury4

Common assault4

Robbery

2008-09

School age and under5

8

3

7

10

10

Unweighted base6

1,454

343

358

560

193

2007/08

School age and under

13

7

8

18

15

Unweighted base6

1,468

357

343

579

189

2006-07

School age and under

12

9

12

15

6

Unweighted base6

1,656

413

393

639

211

2005-06

School age and under

14

13

15

12

Unweighted base6

1,548

376

914

208

2004-05

School age and under

12

9

14

8

Unweighted base6

1,521

394

877

176

2003-04

Child of school age

12

12

12

7

Unweighted base6

1,448

355

877

151

2002-03

Child of school age

10

4

12

12

Unweighted base6

1,447

351

853

185

2001-02

Child of school age

10

2

12

12

Unweighted base6

1,325

306

805

163

1999

Child of school age

8

12

7

8

Unweighted base6

1,053

226

701

104

1 Detailed questions about offender(s) are only asked of victims who experienced three or less offences in the last year to minimise respondent burden. Figures here are based on incidents in which the victim could say something about the offender(s).

2 More than one offender could be involved.

3 ‘All violence’ includes wounding, robbery, assault with minor injury and assault with no injury.

4 Prior to 2005-06 assault with minor injury and assault with no injury were included within the broader category of common assault.

5 Separate estimates for children below school age are not available prior to 2004-05 BCS.

6 Unweighted base is the number of victims who were able to say something about offender.