Hampshire welcomes HMI Probation Report

Hampshire County Council has welcomed the outcome of a review by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation (HMI Probation), of the Council’s Youth Offending Service

Sep 6 2018

Commenting on a report published today (6 September 2018) which confirmed the Inspectors judged the service overall to be ‘Good’, Councillor Keith Mans, Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services at Hampshire County Council, said: “As one of two local authorities to be judged as good, with some features found to be outstanding, we are very pleased with the outcome of HMI Probation’s review.

“This is particularly gratifying since the Inspectors were working to a new and very challenging framework. I can confirm that we are taking action to improve those aspects of the service that we had already identified as required needing strengthening. The fact that inspectors rated our partnership work and our assessment work as ‘outstanding’ gives us a good platform on which to build.

“I hope that Hampshire residents, as I am, are reassured by the Inspectors’ judgement that the Youth Offending Team is delivering a ‘good’ service – it is a rating that is not easy to secure and one that our outstanding partnership work with other agencies, such has the Police and health colleagues, has contributed to significantly.”

In the report, the Chief Inspector of Probation, Dame Glenys Stacey, stated that Hampshire’s Youth Offending Service (YOS) “provided an excellent range of interventions to reduce the likelihood of offending.” She also highlighted that “Staff were skilled, motivated and worked creatively to engage young people. They were particularly adept at delivering interventions to address desistance and showed tenacity in advocating for young people.”

The areas in which the YOS was considered to be ‘Outstanding’ were:
• Partnerships and Services: “Partnerships were particularly strong, and had led to the development of additional resources and staffing to meet the needs of the children and young people supervised by the YOS”;
• Assessment of Court Disposals: “Assessments were thorough and staff knew their young people well.”

The Chief Inspector made it clear that the recommendations in their report have been designed to assist Hampshire YOS to build on its strengths and focus on areas for improvement.