President’s commissioner for children's rights Yuri Pavlenko informs of reducing juvenile delinquency in Ukraine in the first half of the year, the President’s press office reports.

"For the first six months of 2013, the number of crimes committed by children decreased by almost 36% - from 8.786 over the same period last year to 5650, including by 23.9% of grave and the gravest crimes," Pavlenko said.

In his opinion, this figure is the result of precautionary and preventive measures.

Pavlenko stressed that there is a need to improve preventive educational measures for children who are in conflict with the law or are at risk of offending.

According to him, it's about creating a system of upbringing children, which would combine the educational process and non-formal education, provide meaningful children's leisure and social work with families as a whole, and strengthening the responsibility of the police for the prevention of juvenile delinquency.

The ombudsman also informed that more than 20 thousand people were held administratively liable for improper performance of parental responsibilities in 2013. About 1.4 thousand people were held administratively liable for committing domestic violence against children.

The report notes that, as of July 1, 6.149 criminal offenses were committed against children, including 1.031 grave and the gravest offenses. 6531 children suffered from wrongful acts, including 1891 children under 14.
 
Earlier Pavlenko noted the trend of reducing the number of children, staying in prisons and detention centers.

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