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A youth offending service in Yorkshire has become the first in England and Wales to score full marks in an official inspection. HM Inspectorate of Probation has given East Riding Youth Offending Service (YOS) an overall ‘Outstanding’ rating. Inspectors looked at 12 aspects of the service’s work and – for the first time – awarded […]

The team responsible for tackling youth crime in North Merseyside is delivering an inconsistent service, according to a new report. HM Inspectorate of Probation conducted a routine inspection of Sefton Youth Offending Team (YOT) in February. Inspectors found staff and senior managers were committed to delivering high-quality services, but more robust systems and processes are […]

Inspectors have given Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) an overall ‘Good’ rating. The CRC – which supervises low and medium risk offenders – is the first organisation of its kind to attain the second-highest grade. HM Chief Inspector of Probation Dame Glenys Stacey said: “Hampshire and Isle of Wight CRC has […]

A probation service that operates across four counties needs to improve the quality of its work and take urgent steps to keep people safe, according to a new report. The findings come from HM Inspectorate of Probation, the independent inspector of youth offending and probation services across England and Wales. Inspectors were impressed by the […]

Lambeth Youth Offending Service (YOS) in south London was found by inspectors to have foundations for improvement in place after previous inspections raised serious concerns about the quality of its work. The YOS was assessed as ‘Requiring improvement’, the second-lowest assessment by HM Inspectorate of Probation. However, Dame Glenys Stacey, HM Chief Inspector of Probation, […]

Inspectors found the National Probation Service (NPS) in Wales, supervising nearly 7,000 high-risk offenders, to have dynamic, effective leaders and enthusiastic staff committed to high-quality work. However, like other parts of the NPS across England and Wales, the service in Wales suffered from a shortage of probation officers, meaning some staff had unacceptably high workloads, […]

Oldham Youth Justice Service is delivering some “impressive” work and “puts children and young people at the heart of everything they do”, according to a report published today. HM Inspectorate of Probation inspects probation and youth offending services across England and Wales. Inspectors gave the service an overall rating of ‘Good’ – it’s second-highest rating. […]

Strong leadership and hard work by staff have yet to translate into effective work to protect victims from harm, inspectors found in the Cheshire and Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC). Publishing the fourth report in 2018-19 on a CRC owned by the Purple Futures group, Dame Glenys Stacey, HM Chief Inspector of Probation, said […]

South Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) was found by inspectors to have weak case supervision, with some inadequate aspects and a lack of qualified probation staff. However, though the inspection in November and December rated the Sodexo-owned CRC as ‘Requires Improvement’ inspectors also found an outstanding leadership team which was driving improvements. Dame Glenys Stacey, […]

Amalgamation of youth justice services from Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend was poorly implemented and the organisation created in 2014 failed adequately to protect the children and young people and the wider public, inspectors found.