North Ayrshire has gone from one of the highest levels of youth offending in Scotland, to now being in line with the Scottish average despite being a community with one of the highest levels of deprivation and youth unemployment in Scotland.
Within North Ayrshire there is a well-established multi-agency approach to young people who commit low level offences. There is a strong partnership evident in EEI, with Police, Health, Education, SACRO, Youth Services and Social Work working together towards improved outcomes for young people and communities. These partners are able to evidence a reduction in bureaucracy in processing such young people, with a significant reduction in report writing to the Children’s Reporter, timely interventions being accessed, resulting in positive outcomes for the young people referred to EEI as well as a high level of young people not re-offending once entering.
EEI has led to:
- 40% Reduction in formal report requests from Scottish Children’s Reporters Administration 2012/13 – 2013/14
- 90% of young people referred to EEI have not re-offended
- Average response time from offence to intervention is 11 days.
- Due to proportionate and timely response, interventions appear be more successful at supporting change.
- 87% reduction in referrals to the reporter on offence grounds, 2007/08 – 2013/14, from 603 to a record low of 81