Youth offending service praised by probation inspectors

November 03 2015

INSPECTORS have praised South Gloucestershire staff who work with young offenders to help them stay out of trouble.

INSPECTORS have praised South Gloucestershire staff who work with young offenders to help them stay out of trouble.
HM Inspectorate of Probation said members of the youth offending team produced “excellent” work overall to reduce re-offending, protect the public, keep children and young people safe and ensure that sentences were served.
A report produced after a so-called short quality screening of the service said staff were skilled, had a good knowledge of those they worked with and were ably supported by effective managers.
It said: “Overall, case managers had developed strong and purposeful relationships with the children and young people they were supervising. The knowledge they had of these children and young people was exceptional.
“We found that case managers were enthusiastic, dedicated, well-trained and skilled.”
The inspectors said recent data for the district showed one in three re-offended – marginally worse than the previous year but better than the 37.4 per cent average for England and Wales – and recommended where further strengthening of the service could be carried out.