County’s YOS is among the best

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YOUTH offending services in Suffolk have been praised by a government inspector.

A report from the HM Inspectorate of Probation put the county’s Youth Offending Services (YOS) in the top 10 per cent.

The inspection is carried out every four years and the inspectors examine a ‘representative sample of cases’, judging how often public protection and safeguarding aspects of the work are satisfactory.

The report says safeguarding work was satisfactory 83 per cent of the time, compared to a national average of 67 per cent. Likelihood of re-offending work was satisfactory 83 per cent of the time, which is 13 per cent above average.

Julie Fox, assistant chief inspector, said: “Moving forward, work may be focused on improving the quality of some initial assessments and plans to manage the risk of harm and safeguarding.”

However, while the report shows Suffolk YOS’ risk of harm to others work was its lowest result at 79 per cent, that was 17 per cent above average and only seven per cent below the best.

Describing Suffolk’s results as ‘very creditable’ Ms Fox added: “We found a Youth Offending Service that had developed a wide range of interventions to address offending behaviour. We were impressed by the commitment of staff to engaging with children and young people through these imaginative interventions.”

Graham Newman, Suffolk County Council’s portfolio holder for children, schools and young people’s services said: “The team works hard to ensure that the young people they work with have the support they need to turn their lives around and to understand the consequences of their actions. I would like to congratulate the Youth Offending Service.”