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1. Main facts and figures
in the year ending March 2019, 8,552 police cautions were given to children (aged 10 to 17 years old), and the child’s ethnicity was recorded for 85% of them
83.1% of youth cautions were given to White children (out of all cautions where the child’s ethnicity was recorded)
11.0% of youth cautions were given to Black children
in the 11 years to March 2019, the total number of youth cautions went down by 91% (from 93,656 to 8,552), and there was a decrease in every ethnic group
the percentage of cautions given to White children went down from 88.0% to 83.1%, while the percentage given to Black children increased from 6.6% to 11.0%
The ethnic categories used in this data
The analysis used the following 4 ethnic categories:
- Other (which includes Mixed, Chinese and other ethnic groups)
2. By ethnicity over time
|Asian||Black||White||Other including Mixed||Unknown|
|Time||Asian %||Asian Number||Black %||Black Number||White %||White Number||Other inc Mixed %||Other inc Mixed Number||Unknown %||Unknown Number|
Summary of Youth cautions By ethnicity over time Summary
The figures are taken from the Police National Computer (PNC).
The PNC may be subject to some error arising from data entry and processing. The data for January to March 2019 is provisional and may change. Figures may vary from those previously published, due to minor changes in classifications and other data revisions.
Administrative data sources are reported exactly as they’re recorded. No weighting is applied. As with all large administrative data sources, some inaccuracies may exist.
Percentages are rounded to 1 decimal place.
Youth Justice since 2008/09
4. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
Ministry of Justice
Purpose of data source
The data is used by the government to develop, monitor and evaluate criminal justice policy for young offenders in England and Wales.
5. Download the data
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