Inspection of Youth Offending work in Newham

The latest inspection report of Youth Offending work in England and Wales was published today.

Andy Smith, Assistant Chief Inspector, said:

“This Core Case Inspection of youth offending work in Newham 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 55% 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 46% the time, and the work to make each individual less likely to reoffend was done well enough
60% 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 disappointing set of findings. In Newham we found a YOT working with children and young people from diverse backgrounds and with many needs. Better attention needed to be paid to the quality of work to manage Risk of Harm to others and to address Safeguarding. It was therefore encouraging
to note that new managers were now in place to provide consistent oversight of practice.

“We also found a committed and enthusiastic staff group and a Management Board that was keen to learn from the inspection findings. We expect that the recommendations of this report, if fully implemented, will contribute to significant improvements in practice.”

Scores from Wales and the English regions that have been inspected to date Scores for Newham
Lowest Highest Average
‘Safeguarding’ work (action to protect the young person) 37% 91% 68% 55%
‘Risk of Harm to others’ work (action to protect the public) 36% 85% 63% 46%
‘Likelihood of Reoffending’ work (individual less likely to reoffend) 43% 87% 71% 60%

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Notes to editors

  1. Read the full inspectorate report (PDF, 142.12 kB).
  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. Andy Smith can be contacted on andy.smith@hmiprobation.gsi.gov.uk (E-mail address) and 07771527327.