Council’s Youth Offending Service praised

​Date: 12/01/2015

Our Youth Offending team have been praised following a report from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation.

The report said the service had considerably improved since their last inspection in 2010 and welcomed the significant reduction of 38% in the numbers of young people reoffending over the past four years.

Cllr Olivia Rowley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said: "We are pleased that Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation has recognised the hard work of our Youth Offending Team and the improvements in reoffending rates this has brought about. I know the team are fully committed to their work and will continue to improve the service they provide."

The joint inspection of youth offending work in Wakefield is one of a small number of full joint inspections undertaken by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation with colleagues from criminal justice, social care, and education and health inspectorates.

Inspectors focused on six key areas including the likelihood of reoffending, protecting the public, protecting children and young people, ensuring that sentence is served, the effectiveness of governance and the delivery of interventions.