Inspection of Youth Offending work in Thurrock

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 Thurrock 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 75% 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 67% the time, and the work to make each individual less likely to reoffend was done well enough 76% 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.

“We found the YOS staff group and managers to be enthusiastic and committed to delivering high quality services to children and young people.

“Overall, we consider this a creditable set of findings. We anticipate that the recommendations in this report will be implemented and will contribute to further improvements in the services delivered by the YOS.”

Scores from Wales and the English regions that have been inspected to date Scores for Thurrock
Lowest Highest Average
‘Safeguarding’ work (action to protect the young person) 37% 91% 67% 75%
‘Risk of Harm to others’ work (action to protect the public) 36% 86% 62% 67%
‘Likelihood of Reoffending’ work (individual less likely to reoffend) 43% 87% 70% 76%

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Notes to editors:

  1. The report is available at
  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 (E-mail address) and 07771 527327.