A core function of the YJB is to monitor all youth offending teams (YOTs) across England and Wales. Full Joint Inspections, such as the one carried out on Lambeth YOT, usefully support and supplement performance improvement requirements.
Although the services provided by Lambeth YOT have improved, there is still more work to be done and this report has highlighted several important areas for improvement. As a result of the report, Lambeth YOT have agreed to engage with a targeted performance improvement programme, which is currently being formalised.
Lambeth has had changeable performance outcomes related to a challenging youth population (high instances of gang and serious violence) and significant change across a local authority which has struggled to maintain a permanent and professional workforce.
The range and pace of change has been ambitious and whilst the HMIP report acknowledges that progress has been made, there is still a lot of work to be done. However, the YJB are confident that further improvements will continue to be made and that there will be clear and robust accountability.
The performance of all YOTs is reviewed on a quarterly basis against the three key youth justice indicators (number of first time entrants to the youth justice system, rates of young people reoffending and the use of custody).
This data is also supported by intelligence about the local operational context from YJB area staff, including known pressures associated with resource and governance, local demographics and external inspection findings such as Ofsted and HMI Probation.
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