22 Aug 2013

Youth offending expected to continue to fall

10:01 am on 22 August 2013

The head of the Youth Court says he believes youth offending will continue to fall after new figures show the rate is at an all time low.

The figures show the number of 10 to 16-year-olds being apprehended by the police has dropped to 438 per 10,000 from a peak of 543 in 1995.

Principal Youth Court judge Andrew Becroft told Morning Report that police and Child Youth Family have been focusing more on the families on young offenders, many of which are fractured and disadvantaged.

He said the move to try to get young offenders to stay at school has also helped.

While there will always be some offending, Judge Becroft said he believes the current trend will continue.