Following the publication of a report by the chief inspector of probation raising concerns about the support given to children in care by youth offending teams, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Community Safety Kay Hammond said:
“We work very hard to give the best possible support and the fact that last year not one young person in the county was convicted of a first offence is proof of that.
“On top of that only four of the 500 young people of criminal age the council provides care for in and around Surrey committed a first crime last year.
“This is a fantastic achievement and can be attributed to all those involved, including the county council and Surrey Police, pulling together to divert young people from crime and keep them safe and well.
“Our approach of using alternatives to the court system wherever possible has clearly had a big impact, with re-offending falling significantly while rising elsewhere.
“Nonetheless, there is no room for complacency and we’ll continue to do everything possible to give all Surrey’s looked after children the care and support they need.”