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Bromley's Youth Offending Service has improved according to inspection report

PUBLISHED: 10:03 13 June 2017 | UPDATED: 10:04 13 June 2017

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The report by HM Inspectorate of Probation has been published today, June 13

Bromley’s Youth Offending Service (YOS) has improved according to an inspection report published today, June 13.

Chief inspector of probation, Dame Glenys Stacey, said in the report that work with young people in the borough who had committed crimes had improved and the foundations were laid for further progress to reduce offending.

Inspectors from HM Inspectorate of Probation focused on six key areas, and found that: reducing reoffending was satisfactory but transferring of cases was not well done; protecting the public was satisfactory and the risk of harm to others had improved considerably; protecting children and young people was satisfactory and joint work with children’s services remained consistent; making sure the sentence is served was good; the effectiveness of governance was satisfactory; and interventions to reduce reoffending was satisfactory with interventions being delivered well.

All areas were awarded three out of four stars, except ‘making sure the sentence is served’ which received the full four stars. The borough gained an overall rating of ‘satisfactory’ - there are four ratings, ‘good’, ‘satisfactory’, ‘not satisfactory’, and ‘poor’.

Inspectors made recommendations to assist the YOS to make continuing improvements, including recording and evaluating work completed in individual cases to improve the quality of case management, developing the use of localised information to enable the board to provide effective oversight and improving the arrangements for transferring cases between youth offending teams.

Dame Glenys, said: “It was good to see that the youth offending partnership in Bromley had made positive progress since our last inspection.

“Leadership arrangements were strong and the local authority was highly committed to youth offending work.

“Important foundations had been laid which should lead to further improvements and long-term stability. Many aspects of managing cases had improved though there was still some way to go.

“We were pleased to see that work to address education, training and employment difficulties for young people had maintained its previous high quality.”

Inspections of this kind are targeted primarily on areas where there are significant concerns about the effectiveness of youth offending work, based on recent inspections.

Bromley YOS was inspected as a result of poor outcomes in their previous inspections.

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