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Oxfordshire Youth Justice Service receives praise for its ‘innovative’ work

HM Inspectorate of Probation has published a report praising Oxfordshire YJS for work being done to help children who had been victims or were at risk of exploitation.

Whilst overall, the service was rated as ‘Good’ the Inspectorate singled out ‘Partnerships and Services’ which were rated ‘Outstanding’ reflecting some of the innovative and proactive work undertaken with the police to protect children from criminal exploitation and disrupt the adverse effects on them from being drawn into drug dealing.

Chief inspector of probation Justin Russell said “Staff are working hard to help those caught up in serious organised crime such as county lines drug-dealing networks, which often exploit children to transport drugs and money.

“Senior leaders made a strategic decision to focus on this issue and have invested resources accordingly. Effective arrangements are in place for the YJS, police and health services to share information, and this helps the management board to have a clear picture of offending across the county.

“We were impressed by the innovative work and the range of tactics used to disrupt this type of crime.”

Read the full report here