Press release

Trafford Youth Offending Service: YJB response to HMI Probation inspection report

The Youth Justice Board (YJB) welcomes the positive findings of the full joint inspection of youth offending work in Trafford.

Youth Justice Board for England and Wales

Inspectors chose to inspect Trafford as a high-performing area to maintain a benchmark of good practice.

The inspection found that Trafford Youth Offending Service continued to prioritise reducing reoffending with the local rate standing at 32.9%, well below the national average of 35.7% for England and Wales.

A wide range of crime prevention measures were provided including:

  • the dangers of car crime
  • issues relating to gang membership
  • weapons and knife crime
  • peer pressure and antisocial behaviour
  • victim awareness

Lin Hinnigan, Chief Executive, said:

I am pleased that joint HMI Probation and colleagues from other inspectorates found an enthusiastic and committed staff, that levels of performance had been maintained and that a large majority of work had been completed sufficiently well across each of the areas inspected. It is also pleasing to hear the voices of young people expressing satisfaction with the work undertaken at Trafford.

The inspection report also found evidence of strong partnership working. Arrangements for health, education and learning for its service users were especially good and work to protect the public and victims was also found to be good.

However, close examination of a small number of cases identified some systemic and governance issues relating to its safeguarding work which required more attention.

The recommendations made in this report are intended to assist Trafford continue to improve by focusing on key areas.

Background

Read the report on the HMI Probation website.

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Published 25 February 2015