Inspectors rate Hounslow’s Youth Justice Service as ‘Good’

Hounslow’s Youth Offending Service (YOS) who work with young people involved in criminal behaviour and youth crime prevention, were inspected by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP).

Published: Friday, 1st February 2019

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Hounslow’s Youth Offending Service (YOS) who work with young people involved in criminal behaviour and youth crime prevention, were inspected by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP) in November 2018. 

The overall outcome was positive and youth justice services in Hounslow were rated as “Good”, which is the second highest rating. 

The service was inspected across three areas relating to youth crime and prevention: the arrangements for organisational delivery, the quality of court disposals, and out-of-court disposals.  This refers to dealing with low level criminal offences outside of court, without a prosecution.

Most areas of practice in the YOS were considered good, with some outstanding (the highest rating) and only one area requiring improvement.

The inspectors observed strong partnership working between the YOS and other relevant council services and partner agencies, who work well together to support the needs of young people.

Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Youth Services, Hounslow Council, said:  

“This is an extremely positive report from HMIP about the work the YOS and partners are doing together to support young people and preventing further criminal behaviour.  

The rates of reoffending by young people is reducing, as well as the number of young people entering the criminal justice system for the first time.  We will continue to work closely with partner agencies to improve services and outcomes for young people.”

Dame Glenys Stacey, HM Chief Inspector of Probation, said: “The YOS’s management board provided a strategic vision for the service and there is strong partnership working. There is an extensive range of partnership staff in the service to meet the needs of children and young people, and their families.

“We rated the work on court disposals as ‘outstanding’ for assessing and planning in the areas of desistance and risk of harm to others. Work on out-of-court disposals is good and a full assessment, including screening by specialist workers, is completed in every case. This enables the multi-agency joint decision-making panel to agree the appropriate intervention to meet the needs of the child or young person.”

HMIP refer to Hounslow as a “high performing YOS which can fine-tune its processes to improve further”.

Inspectors proposed four recommendations to build on current strengths and further improve services and outcomes for young people who offend.  

The YOS and the partnership-led Hounslow Youth Crime Management Board are developing an Improvement Plan to address the recommendations and will monitor the impact on young people who offend. 

Read the full HMIP inspection report

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