Warwickshire County Council’s Youth Justice Service rated good following December 2018 inspection

Warwickshire County Council is pleased to announce its Youth Justice Service was rated as ‘Good’ in its October 2018 Government inspection, with elements of the service provided being rated ‘Outstanding’ by inspectors.

The Warwickshire Youth Justice Service is a statutory partnership between Warwickshire County Council, Warwickshire Police, the National Probation Service and Health. The service works with children who have offended, or are at risk of offending, their parents and families, and the victims of the crimes committed, in order to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour and to reduce reoffending.

The inspection of this service, which took place in October 2018 and was carried out by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP), investigates 3 core domains of inspection before awarding the service an overall rating. The inspectors noted the following:

Key Domain of inspection 1: Organisational Delivery –This area of inspection was broken down into 4 key areas: Governance and Leadership; Staff; Partnerships and Services; and Information and facilities. In all these categories the ratings were deemed ‘Good’.

Key domain of inspection 2: Court Disposals – In all 4 assessed areas within this domain, The Youth Justice Service was rated as ‘Outstanding’ with inspectors noting highlights being the involvement of children and young people in the planning processes and interventions that were child focussed and regularly reviewed to ensure relevance.

Key domain of inspection 3: Out-Of-Court Disposals – Awarded an overall ‘Good’ rating with the inspection noting that assessment and planning was strong in relation to the individual safety and wellbeing of the young person and on discouraging reoffending levels.

Overall Review of Inspection – With all the individual ratings and domain ratings combined, the overall inspection rating was ‘Good’ which is an extremely strong outcome for the Service.

As with all national inspection initiatives, the Service is now required to develop an improvement plan in line with the recommendations for improvement that have arisen from the inspection.

Cllr Andy Crump, Warwickshire County Council portfolio holder for Fire and Rescue and Community Safety said:

“Warwickshire County Council strives to put children at the heart of everything it does and is very proud of the work that the Warwickshire Youth Justice Service does with young offenders, victims and the wider community to ensure Warwickshire is safe for all.

“This inspection report and rating is a true reflection of the hard work and quality of commitment by Youth Justice Service staff to children and young people who are sentenced by the Courts and are required to comply with interventions through the Service.

“This is a service that strives for excellence and I am certain it will look to the areas for improvement suggested by the inspectors to move from strength to strength.”

More information about Warwickshire’s Youth Justice Service is available on the Warwickshire Website: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/youthjustice