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Young Offenders

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

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. (302444)

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 The YJB does not hold the data on orders that have been revoked after being returned back to the court following non compliance with referral order contract.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.