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The contribution of Youth Offending Teams to the work of the Troubled Families Programme in England

A recent report by HM Inspectorate of Probation, Care Quality Commission and OFSTED focused on the contribution of Youth Offending teams to their local troubled families programme.

They found that overall some YOTS had invested heavily in the work (which they agreed should be the case) and played an important part locally in the development and delivery of the programme but this was patchy and inconsistent. They also found practice issues which need to be addressed. Importantly YOT records did not show how they contributed to the scheme and they fitted the TF objectives. Also, that the responses for support where families would not engage was not robust.

Many YOT staff felt that they had not been sufficiently trained to help make progress on these issues.

They stated cautious optimism of the TF approach in reducing youth offending but find the case currently unproven partly due to a lack of evaluation data.