The latest inspection report of Youth Offending work in England and Wales was published today.
Julie Fox, Assistant Chief Inspector, said:
“This Core Case Inspection of youth offending work in Greenwich took place as part of the Inspection of Youth Offending programme. We have examined a representative sample of youth offending cases from the area, and we have judged how often the Public Protection and the Safeguarding aspects of the work were done to a sufficiently high level of quality.
“We judged that the Safeguarding aspects of the work were done well enough 44% the time. With the Public Protection aspects, work to keep to a minimum each individual’s Risk of Harm to others was done well enough 42% the time, and the work to make each individual less likely to reoffend was done well enough 56% the time. A more detailed analysis of our findings is provided in the main body of this report, and summarised in a table in Appendix 1. These figures can be viewed in the context of our findings from Wales and the regions of England inspected so far – see the Table below.
“Overall, we consider this a very disappointing set of findings. However, Greenwich YOS had already recognised that changes were required and an improvement plan was in place. A new delivery structure that should also strengthen the focus on Risk of Harm to others, Safeguarding and quality assurance arrangements had recently been agreed. If implemented, these developments, coupled with a supportive Management Board and plans to address our recommendations suggest that there are encouraging prospects for improvement.”
||Scores from Wales and the English regions that have been inspected to date
||Scores for Greenwich
|‘Safeguarding’ work (action to protect the young person)
|‘Risk of Harm to others’ work (action to protect the public)
|‘Likelihood of Reoffending’ work (individual less likely to reoffend)
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Notes to editors
1. The report is available at http://www.justice.gov.uk/about/hmi-probation/index.htm.
2. This Inspection of Youth Offending (IYO) programme started in April 2009. Youth Offending work in all 158 areas of England & Wales will be inspected over the course of a three-year cycle.
3. Julie Fox can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org and 07973 264412.