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‘Overall, we found that that assessment work was carried out well and that there was good engagement with children and young people. Staff were enthusiastic, knew their cases well and it was clear they had been encouraged to work innovatively.’

The quality of work to protect the public, assess and manage the vulnerability of children and young people was high and had improved since our last inspections in 2009 prior to the amalgamation of Cheshire West and Chester, Halton and Warrington services.

‘…we found that the performance of Western Bay was positive, but improvements in some important areas of practice were needed. Staff engaged well with children and young people and partner organisations.’

The YOS was strong in assessment and delivering good quality interventions. The Management Board had clear objectives and was successful in ensuring children and young people had access to a range of services designed to move them away from crime.

Adult probation services under the government’s Transforming Rehabilitation programme continue to present a mixed picture, though some improvements are evident.

Overall we found a dedicated staff team where the YOS workers had built constructive relationships both with the children and young people who had offended, and their families.

All inspection reports published under the remit of the Criminal Justice Joint Inspection Business Plan can be found on the reports page of the CJJI website. This includes thematic inspections with HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, HMCPSI and HM Inspectorate of Prisons.

Local Criminal Justice Partnerships Press release

Work by probation staff, police and prisons to protect the public from high-risk offenders was getting better, but there was still more to do.

‘We found work of good quality in the Youth Offending Team (YOT). Staff were well engaged with the children and young people under their supervision, and were responsive to their needs and situations.’