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East Riding Youth Offending Service Praised

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4:16pm 9th April 2013

Work with young offenders in the East Riding has been praised in a new report by HM Inspectorate of Probation.

The report follows an inspection of the East Riding of Yorkshire Youth Offending Service. It says the service should be proud of the ‘substantial progress’ that it has made since a previous inspection in 2010.

In particular it highlights work to protect the public and work to protect and reduce the vulnerability of children and young people as both having made very significant improvement.

The report says that engagement with children and young people was particularly strong, as was work to ensure that their sentences were served.

The inspection was aimed at assessing the quality and effectiveness of casework with children and young people who have committed offences.

The inspectors said courts were generally provided with good advice to inform sentencing, and plans for work in the community to reduce the likelihood of reoffending were good. 

Alison Michalska, chair of the East Riding of Yorkshire YOS management board and director of children, family and adult services, said:  “I am delighted that the team has made such excellent progress since the previous inspection.

“The young people who the team work with are some of the most troubled and vulnerable young people in the East Riding and it is especially heartening to know that the work the Youth Offending Service is doing with these young people is helping to change their behaviour and enhance their life chances.”

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