Priority: Reduce offending and re-offending

460 repeat offenders over the last 12 months

Lead partners: National Probation Services

Why is this a priority?


You told us that you are concerned about the increased levels of crime and anti-social behaviour in the communities. Analysis shows that the vast majority of offenders committing crimes in Walsall are from the Walsall area, suggesting intervention should focus on self-containment rather than travelling offenders from other local authorities.  

Working with probation and the community rehabilitation company, we recognise the challenges faced in Walsall, and nationally, from youth violence and knife crime. We remain committed to working with our young people to keep them, victims of crime and the community safe from violence.

Analysis for the strategic assessment 2020, found that 460 individuals were repeat offenders (with two or more offences recorded in the last 12 months) accounting for 27% of individuals offenders. This proportion of repeat offenders has remained steady over the past year, therefore suggesting that there is a key cohort of individual offenders who are continuously offending.


Our aim


Is to create a better future for the children and youth of today. It is our responsibility to give them the best start in life and that starts with the best possible education.


Alongside this, we will work with head teachers and our designated safeguarding leads in schools to ensure that violent crime triggers are identified and understood by schools.



Success will be measured by


  1. Reducing offending and reoffending

  2. Reducing anti-social behaviour and the risk of harm

  3. Improving prevention support to access education / training / employment.

Over the coming year we will


  • Improve pathways and profiles for offenders to access employment and housing in Walsall, with focus on those individuals leaving custody

  • Ensure that all children and young people working with the youth justice system receive their full entitlement to education, training and employment and that provision is tailored to their specific needs

  • Develop and promote victim and witness centred practice with a focus on youth offending

  • Increase the use of restorative justice interventions -  preventing offending and reoffending across the partnership

  • Reduce the number of young people entering the Criminal Justice System for the first time

  • Explore adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the effect they have on offending behaviours

  • Manage high-risk offenders and target key cohorts to reduce reoffending rates and seriousness of offences committed.

Over the next three years we will


  • Continue to provide high quality restorative justice services that support
    victims of crime and provide confidence to the community

  • Work to build sustainable relationships between offenders and their families/children, creating support networks to deter offending and reoffending

  • Maximise successful completions of community orders and custodial licences; to increase the opportunity for offenders to complete offence focused work

  • Improve the provision and accessibility of mental health services

  • Work closely with the head teachers of our local schools, academies and  parents to aid prevention of offending and reoffending

  • Safeguard, protect and divert vulnerable young people away from gang criminality and knife crime.