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Barking and Dagenham Youth Offending Service (YOS) was given a rating of ‘Requires improvement’, the second lowest, after probation inspectors identified some clear strengths but also challenges which affected its ability to stop children and young people re-offending.

There are some good elements of delivery across the organisation, and leadership is strong and provided by a dedicated and motivated management team. The individual workloads of probation professionals are, however, the highest we have seen so far in the current inspection programme…

Probation inspectors found the Midlands division of the National Probation Service (NPS), supervising more than 17,000 high-risk offenders across a large and complex area, to be well led, assessing its overall performance as good, the second highest assessment.

Blackpool youth offending team (YOT) was found by HM Inspectorate of Probation to be ‘Inadequate’, the lowest assessment, with many weaknesses and staff struggling with low morale. Dame Glenys Stacey, HM Chief Inspector of Probation, said: “The inspection found a difficult set of circumstances.”

Warwickshire Youth Justice Service (YJS) was assessed by HM Inspectorate of Probation as ‘Good’ overall, its second highest rating, with strong leadership and a wide range of services to support young people to avoid reoffending. Some of the work was assessed as outstanding, the highest grade, particularly its supervision of court orders. Its work with […]

Essex Youth Offending Service (YOS) has been assessed by HM Inspectorate of Probation as ‘Outstanding’, its highest grade. Many aspects of its work to prevent offending by children and young people were found to be impressive and successful. Though it is one of the largest youth offending teams in the country, Essex YOS nevertheless achieved […]