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York Team ranked the best.

York Team ranked the best.

6:05am 13th October 2010

A report reveals that the work of York's Youth Offending Team (YOT) is amongst the best in the country.  

Frances Done, Chair of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales said: "I would like to congratulate York's Youth Offending Team on a very strong inspection report.
"This extremely positive set of results is testament to the hard work and dedication of YOT staff who are working in partnership with other agencies to improve outcomes for young people and help make York a safer place in which to live and work."

A representative sample of youth offending cases from the area was inspected during the week-long process. All the YOT's key responsibilities were scored at over 80 per cent satisfactory compared with a national average of 60-70 per cent. The report covers:
o protecting the public from harm by working with the police and others to manage the small number of children and young people who cause serious harm to others
o cutting the risk of reoffending by proper enforcement of sentences of the court and special programmes to change the way young offenders think and behave
o ensuring the welfare and safety of vulnerable children in the criminal justice system by supporting their families, getting them back into education or tackling substance misuse problems at the first signs.

Simon Page, City of York Council's head of Youth Offending Services said: "These inspections are very rigorous and ratings of over 80 per cent put York in the top flight. It is particularly encouraging to see a balanced set of results between our responsibilities as part of the criminal justice system, our responsibilities to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children and young people we supervise, and our responsibilities to protect the public from harm."

"These results come from five years' sustained and focused effort to improve performance since the last inspection - efforts we intend to continue."

This work impressed the inspectors who recommended minimum improvement in all three categories. Andrew Bridges, HM Chief Inspector of Probation, said: "We found that following the last inspection the management arrangements in York YOT had been strengthened to improve the quality of practice and that this investment had proved successful.

"Overall, we consider this a very creditable set of findings and that the prospects for the future are positive."

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