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Kingston and Richmond Youth Offending service praised by inspectors

HM Inspectorate of Probation has released its inspection report on Kingston and Richmond’s Youth Justice Service awarding a ‘good’ overall rating.

Conducted in September 2020 the report highlights the clear vision and strategy of the service, which, it says, is well communicated to staff and stakeholders.

Marc Baker, the Inspectorate’s Director of Operations said ‘The partnership has an in-depth understanding of the issues and challenges facing YJS children, with excellent use of national and local performance data to inform strategic decisions and help shape service delivery. There is a strong mix of targeted, specialist and mainstream services, but pathways should be strengthened to enable children to access the full range of health services more easily.’

The report also highlights the consistently high standard of the management of court disposals noting that every child is treated as an individual with service provision tailored to their specific needs. Casework practice was also highlighted as being of high quality.

However, shortfalls were noted in the quality of planning, implementation and delivery to address the child’s safety and wellbeing, and in managing some children’s risk of harm to others, with management oversight failing to address these deficiencies

Read the full report here.