FEWER young people are committing crimes in Worcestershire than other counties in the region, new figures have shown.
Worcestershire County Council has revealed its Youth Justice System is performing above the national average for the prevention of offending and re-offending by children and young people.
Between October 2013 and September 2014, 369 per 100,000 of the county’s young people entered the youth justice system for the first time.
This shows that fewer young people are offending in Worcestershire compared to the 408 per 100,000 across West Mercia.
Meanwhile, the figures also show that a total of 31.3 per cent of young people re-offended within one year of receiving a police caution or sentence, which is 4.7 per cent less than the national average.
The county council is now working closely with other council’s in the West Mercia area to review how youth justice services will be provided in the future.
Coun John Campion, the county council’s cabinet member for children and families, said: “Supporting young people to stay out of the youth justice system is extremely important and these figures reflect the hard work of the county’s youth offending support workers.
“The work we are carrying out with our West Mercia local authority colleagues will enable this service to continue to deliver high quality support to the young people in Worcestershire.”