Youth crime pilot scheme a success

The Justice Secretary has hailed the success of a pilot project to tackle youth offending, which has seen a major reduction in crimes committed by young people.

The system, which is being extended to local authorities across Scotland, aims to hold young people to account for their behaviour and stop them following the wrong path into a life of crime.

Police, courts, education and social services work together to address minor offending behaviour before it becomes a major problem.

The final report into the pilot of Whole System Approach in Aberdeen shows a marked improvement in youth offending: Youth crime down 20 percent between 2008-09 and last year; Number of youths committing crime down 23 percent since 2006-07; Court Proceedings against 16 and 17 year-olds fell by 37 percent; 48 percent reduction in offence referrals to Children’s Reporter over the last two years.