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Youth Offending Service

YOUTH OFFENDING SERVICE: HIGH LEVEL OF QUALITY

A rigorous independent assessment, carried out by Her Majesty’s Inspector of Probation (HMIP), on Bedford Borough Council’s Youth Offending Service (YOS), has revealed how aspects of the work carried out by our Youth Offending Service have been administered with a high level of quality, achieving the highest possible ranking in two out of the three categories.

 

Bedfordshire YOS is a shared service led by Bedford Borough Council’s Children’s Services. The purpose of the inspection was to ensure that the required action is being taken to protect both the public from any harm, resulting from the child or young person’s offending behaviour, and the child or young person themselves.

 

HMIP examined a representative sample of youth offending cases from across Bedfordshire and found that the safeguarding aspects of the work and the work to make each individual less likely to reoffend were in the highest quartile, with no minimum improvement required.

 

Further feedback from HMIP’s report reveals they found a staff team committed to delivering quality interventions with children and young people, supported by effective partnership working.

 

Cllr Sue Oliver, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Social Care at Bedford Borough Council, said: “The impact that our dedicated Youth Offending Service can have on an individual’s life can be great. The community as a whole benefits when a child with emotional or behavioural issues is supported and shown how to change direction.”

 

In the vast majority of cases inspected, young people said that they were a lot less likely to reoffend as a result of their direct involvement with Bedfordshire YOS.

 

To view the report in full, visit www.justice.gov.uk/about/hmi-probation/

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