Revealed: The crimes committed by Brummie children

Revealed: The crimes committed by Brummie children

Sexual offences, theft and drug crimes were among 1,930 offences committed by children in Birmingham last year.

That works out as more than five offences a day, the latest Ministry of Justice data shows.

The figures show children aged 10 to 17 who received convictions or cautions for offences in our area.

The majority of these involved violence against the person (442), followed by motoring offences (334).

There were 251 occasions where children committed theft, and 178 drug crimes.

A further 162 robberies took places, followed by 107 instances of criminal damage and 80 public order crimes.

The data is for the number of crimes committed by children, and not the number of children who committed crimes, as one child may have
committed more than one offence.



Children involved in hundreds of Birmingham crimes

There were 74 times that people breached statutory orders, and 63 occasions of vehicle theft by children.

Breaches of bail took place 37 times, followed by 26 instances of fraud and 21 instances of non-domestic burglary.

There were also 21 unspecified crimes that were racially aggravated, and a further 21 sexual offences.

Arson was responsible for 12 of the crimes, and there were nine occasions where a breach of conditional discharge took place.

In one instance, a child caused death or injury by dangerous driving.

Despite this, the number of crimes committed by children in our area is falling.

Figures have only been available at a local level since 2014/15, when there were 2,104 convictions or cautions. The following year that rose
to 2,157, before falling to 1,930 in 2016/17.

Across England and Wales, the number of offences committed by children is also falling.

There were 72,985 in 2016/17 – down from 79,374 the previous year.

Of all the crimes committed by kids in England and Wales, more than a quarter were violence against the person (20,163).

That was followed by criminal damage (8,381), and theft and handling stolen goods (8,313).

Ross Little, from the National Association for Youth Justice, said: “The way in the youth justice system responds to children’s low level problematic behaviour has shifted dramatically in recent years towards adopting an informal approach wherever possible, resulting in a lower use of formal sanctions involving police cautions or prosecuting children.

“The rationale for this shift is an increasing recognition that pulling children into the formal youth justice system has a range of negative effects. It impacts negatively on educational outcomes and the prospects that young people will successfully negotiate the transition to the world of work.

“From a wider perspective, there is clear evidence that where children are unnecessarily criminalised, this serves to increase significantly the risk that children will continue to offend.

“Conversely, if children are kept away from the youth justice, they are much more likely to successfully grow out of crime.

“Changing the law so that courts can only lock up children who pose a genuine risk through their behaviour would serve to reduce further the
number of children in prison.

“In addition, better engagement with children subject to community sentences, ensuring that the intervention is relevant and that children see it as being helpful to them, would improve outcomes associated with disposals, and would have the potential to reduce levels of reoffending and a return to court.”

The crimes committed by kids

Violence against the person // 442
Motoring offences // 334
Theft and handling stolen goods // 251
Drugs // 178
Robbery // 162
Criminal damage // 107
Public order // 80
Breach of statutory order // 74
Vehicle theft / unauthorised taking // 63
Other // 53
Domestic burglary // 38
Breach of bail // 37
Fraud and forgery // 26
Non domestic burglary // 21
Racially aggravated // 21
Sexual offences // 21
Arson // 12
Breach of conditional discharge // 9
Death or injury by dangerous driving // 1

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