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  • Source: Ministry of Justice figures, published 31 January http://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/statistics/youth-justice/yjb-stats-2011-12.pdf
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    • 1. Youth justice in 2011-12 Incidents of self-harm soared by 21% (1,725 incidents in custody during the year – 33 reports a week)Source: Howard League for Penal Reform and Ministry of Justice figures, published 31 January 2013 http://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/statistics/youth-justice/yjb-stats-2011-12.pdf
    • 2. The number of times restraint was used against 10-17 year olds rose by 17% (Children in custody were restrained 8,419 times – 23 incidents a day)Source: Howard League for Penal Reform and Ministry of Justice figures, published 31 January 2013 http://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/statistics/youth-justice/yjb-stats-2011-12.pdf
    • 3. The number of children who died in custody: 3 The number of children who died while being supervised in the community: 20Source: Howard League for Penal Reform and Ministry of Justice figures, published 31 January 2013 http://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/statistics/youth-justice/yjb-stats-2011-12.pdf
    • 4. The average length of time a child spends in custody increased to 77 daysSource: Howard League for Penal Reform and Ministry of Justice figures, published 31 January 2013 http://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/statistics/youth-justice/yjb-stats-2011-12.pdf
    • 5. Proven offences committed by children fell by 22% But the reoffending rate increased by 36%Source: Howard League for Penal Reform and Ministry of Justice figures, published 31 January 2013 http://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/statistics/youth-justice/yjb-stats-2011-12.pdf
    • 6. “Too many children end up in custody after being the victims of abuse, bad parenting or mental health, drug or alcohol problems. These vulnerable children need our help to turn over a new leaf before they’re condemned to a life of crime. “A prison sentence puts troubled children into a violent atmosphere that only worsens their problems and makes them more likely to commit crime on release. “However, we welcome the fact that the number of children entering the criminal justice system for the first time continues to fall.” Frances Crook, chief executive of the Howard League for Penal ReformSource: Howard League for Penal Reform and Ministry of Justice figures, published 31 January 2013 http://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/statistics/youth-justice/yjb-stats-2011-12.pdf