Arrests of children by Welsh police forces have fallen, new research by the Howard League show.
Such arrest by South Wales Police have been reduced by 68 per cent in the last seven years.
There has been a 85% fall in child arrests by Dyfed Powys Police.
Gwent Police and North Wales Police both saw child arrests fall by 70%.
Across Wales and England, the total number of child arrests has been reduced by 68 per cent – from almost 250,000 in 2010 to 79,012 last year.
The figures were compiled from responses to Freedom of Information requests.
The Howard League for Penal Reform have been working with police forces to keep as many boys and girls as possible out of the criminal justice system.
The total number of arrests has been reduced every year since the campaign began in 2010.
The charity’s research says keeping children out of the criminal justice system helps prevent crime. Academic research has shown that the more contact a child has with the system, the more entrenched they are likely to become, which increases offending rates.
The number of children in prison in Wales and England was reduced by more than 60 per cent between 2010 and 2017, as fewer boys and girls were drawn into the penal system.
Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, says there is still work to be done: