On the Friday 29th June Derby City Council Youth Offending Service received notification from HM Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP) that youth justice services across the area had been assessed as being ‘good’ following an inspection under the newly implemented ‘Youth Offending Service Inspection Framework’, for a single agency.

Derby was the first local area in England and Wales to be inspected under this framework, which was published in May 2018. The inspection lasted for three weeks, with two weeks pre-inspection work and a week of onsite activity from Monday 18th June.

The Youth Offending Service will receive the final inspection report on Monday 6th August but have received the ‘good’ judgement and some initial feedback from HM Inspectorate of Probation.

The inspection looked at the quality of practice in the supervision of children and young people subject to work with the Youth Offending Service, which included leadership management and governance, assessment, implementation, planning and joint working.

HM Inspectorate of Probation looked at work covering three distinct areas and evaluated this against 12 standards. The scores for the judgements were used to inform the overall inspection outcome. The scores were than ratified at a Ratings Panel, which met to evaluate evidence from the inspection and recommend an overall judgement informed by the professional experience of the inspectors.

Following publication of the final report, HM Inspectorate of Probation will request an improvement plan that addresses the recommendations set out within the final report, which the Youth Offending Service will move forward to ensure recommendations are actioned and that youth justice partnerships in Derby continue to make improvements.

The Chair of Derby Youth Justice Partnership Board, Suanne Lim, said:

 “We very much welcome the report and the partnership will use the findings to drive improvements for Derby young people over the next year. The Service deserves the overall judgement and recognition this inspection has highlighted.”

Cllr Evonne Williams, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said:

“This is excellent news and thoroughly deserved. Our Youth Offending Service team work tremendously hard for the young people they supervise and we will use the findings of the report to improve even further.”