Posted 27/06/2012 by Extra Newspapers Online in Local News

Praise for Northamptonshire’s young offenders team

The efforts of a community-wide team to help reduce reoffending among young people have been praised by government inspectors.

Northamptonshire’s youth offending team (YOT) is in top 25 per cent of inspected YOTs, achieving a sustained reduction in the frequency and seriousness of offending by young people. A recent inspection also found that the young people under supervision are robustly safeguarded with appropriate action taken to reduce the risk of harm to themselves or others.

The Youth Offending Service is a partnership of local authorities, probation, health, police and training services and involves input from local community and voluntary groups. The aim of the service is to divert young people from criminal and anti-social behaviour and support them towards education or employment.

During a rigorous inspection last month, inspectors from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation reviewed a sample of 62 youth offending cases, considering how safeguarding, risk of harm and the likelihood of reoffending are addressed in the county
Northamptonshire scored higher than the national average in each of the three categories, achieving a score of 80 per cent against a national average of 68 per cent in safeguarding, 68 per cent against a 62 per cent national average in risk of harm to others and 76 per cent against an average of 71 per cent on preventing young people reoffending.
Councillor Andrew Grant, Northamptonshire County Council’s cabinet member for education, learning and skills, said: “This report confirms that our approach to working with young people in the youth justice system does get results. We have a team working hard to support those young people and help them tackle and overcome the challenges that originally drew them towards crime and anti-social behaviour.
“The positive inspection is a testament to the work of the many organisations, local community groups and individuals who work with or alongside the YOT in supporting some of the most challenging and vulnerable young people in the county and equipping them with the skills and experience to turn their lives round.”

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