Efforts to tackle youth offending are building momentum as communities and government agencies embrace the Youth Crime Action Plan (YCAP).
Associate Justice Minister Chester Borrows today praised the progress made during the first eight months of YCAP, the Government’s 10-year plan to reduce crime by children and young people, and help those who offend to turn their lives around.
“The Plan builds on the successes that have already seen the youth crime rate fall 30 per cent since June 2011, beating our Better Public Services target three years early,” says Mr Borrows.
“More detailed statistics reinforce this positive picture, such as Police apprehensions of young people falling 34 per cent since 2009, and the number of young people appearing in court down 45 per cent over the same period.
“However, we’re not resting on our laurels. Any one young offender is one too many, and we can always do more to help young people, families and victims, and to create safer communities.”
“The Youth Crime Action Plan provides a blueprint for maintaining this progress. It guides everything we do to tackle youth crime. By building on successes and confronting challenges together, we can continue to make a real difference in communities and to young people’s lives.”
YCAP includes 30 practical actions that government agencies must put in place over the first two years. The most recent milestone date for several actions was June 30.