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Fewer youth arrests

Fewer youth arrests

Fewer children have been arrested by Humberside Police in the past five years.

In 2015 the force arrested 1,300 children under the age of 17 in the region, compared to almost 6,000 in 2010.

According to figures released by the Howard League for Penal Reform, the number of children arrested dropped significantly in 2011, when 2,067 youngsters were picked up by police compared to 5,751 the previous year.

In the child arrests in England and Wales 2015 report ,The Howard League said the reduction in the number of arrests was down to a "concerted effort" by the force to keep children out of the justice system.

In 2009, the Hull Youth Crime Partnership launched a triage system which aimed to deal with children who admitted an offence with a short voluntary intervention with the Hull Youth Justice Service.

It saw specialist staff situated in police custody suites to assess children in order to reduce formal prosecutions and the numbers of children and young people entering the justice system.

Between July 2009 and March 2016, police took no further action against 43 per cent of the 8,863 children interviewed. Meanwhile 26 per cent received an out at court disposal and an intervention from the local youth justice team, and 31 per cent were charged to court.

Superintendent Dave Houchin, of Humberside's community safety unit, said: "Sometimes young people make mistakes. Too often in my career, I have seen adults having to live with the consequences of making poor decisions due to immaturity. Properly qualified people, working with young people to challenge them and address the causes of their behaviour, is proven to reduce the likelihood of re-offending and be far more effective than traditional criminal justice processes.

"Our partnership with Hull Youth Justice Service delivered innovation and has contributed to our significant reductions in juvenile crime. Triage demonstrates a shift in our approach to better understand the causes of crime and deliver solutions at the earliest possible stage to break what are often inter-generational cycles.

"The results have exceeded my expectations. A lot of people have worked hard to make it happen and I'm really pleased that this effort is reflected nationally. "

Councillor Phil Webster, Hull City Council's portfolio holder for learning, skills and safeguarding children, welcomed the report and says it is a result of a strong partnership,

He said: "This reduction is encouraging and recognises the impact and success of the established partnership, it is a vital service used to engage with young people in need of extra support in order to make positive changes to their lives."

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