Press release

YJB responds to HMI Probation report on homeless 16 and 17-year-olds who offend

HMI Probation Inspectors found that one in three homeless 16 and 17-year-olds working with youth offending teams (YOTs) had been placed in unsafe or unsuitable accommodation.

Youth Justice Board for England and Wales

Colin Allars, YJB Chief Executive, said:

It is of great concern that the support and quality of accommodation provided to some of the most vulnerable 16 and 17-year-olds varies according to where they live.

I am pleased that the excellent contribution many YOTs make to the process of providing homeless young people with suitable accommodation is recognised in this report, but it is important that other agencies responsible for these services listen to their advice.

Notes to editors

You can read the report on the HMI Probation website

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Published 7 September 2016