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Children in contact with the public law system more likely to offend than others

MoJ report focuses on those children named in a public law case

Analysis, conducted by the Ministry of Justice, suggests that those in contact with the public law system are more likely to offend and commit multiple offences between the ages of 10 and 17 than those of the equivalent age group in the general population. They also, on average, start offending earlier than offenders of the same age in the general population.

The analysis, conducted by Rachel Forty and Rachel Sturrock, presents results from the first analysis of linked family court and proven offending data. It has a specific focus on children that have been named in a public law case, where the local authority has intervened to protect their welfare. It is intended to make a contribution to existing evidence about the extent to which adverse family experiences such as child abuse and neglect, and the experience of the family justice system are associated with the likelihood of offending.

Other key findings are:

For the report, click here.