Number of Islington kids straying into youth justice system goes down

Students sit exams. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA

Students sit exams. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA - Credit: PA ARCHIVE IMAGES

The number of kids in Islington straying into the youth justice system has gone down in the last year, new figures show.

Some 79 youngsters have been in trouble with the law in the current school year, down from 102 in 2016.

Reoffending has also gone down from 56pc to 45pc, as has the number of kids being handed custodial sentences.

A report handed to Islington Council shows more youngsters are staying in education or training after leaving school, and the number of kids being put on child protection plans has halved.

The provisional figures for the current school year are lower than the London and national average - last year Islington had the 28th most in the country.

The number of pupils persistently missing school did go up in the autumn term though, from 9.2pc to 10.5pc year-on-year. There were 117 pupils in non-mainstream education – a reduction of 10 year-on-year.