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HMIP response to youth offending services consultation

Framework for inspecting youth offending services

29 September 2020
HMIP response to youth offending services consultation

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP) has published its response to a recent consultation on proposed revisions to their framework for inspecting youth offending services. In 2018, HMIP started inspecting Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) against a new set of standards, and by March 2020 33 YOTs had been inspected across three domains of activity: organisational delivery, court disposals and out of court disposals (OOCD). Following feedback suggesting HMIP should improve how evidence from individual case assessments linked to overall judgements made about organisational delivery, they reviewed their activity and revised standards and methodology.

The consultation sought views on these changes and the HMIP have now out the changes being made in light of the feedback received, including:

  • The introduction of a new specific standard on YOTs’ resettlement policy and provision, to run alongside individual case assessment data, and underpinned by case-based evidence
  • The introduction of an approach where the same resettlement standard will apply to all YOTs which have had one or more relevant cases in the 12 months before inspection
  • Strengthening the key questions and prompts to cover all of the relevant factors driving good quality delivery in that area
  • Introduction of a specific new standard on OOCD policy and provision to run alongside individual case assessment data
  • This new standard will require an OOCD decision-making panel to be in place, or another suitable means of joint decision-making or decision-making process. This should allow for the local context within which the OOCD scheme operates to be taken into account in inspections

The MA’s response to the consultation can be read here. A number of our suggestions were taken forward, including introducing a process where some aspects of a YOT can be assessed even where they have a very low caseload, ensuring there is an assessment on whether there is a policy in place for sharing of information between agencies and the fact that guidance would cover whether the 10 point checklist in respect of decisions involving looked after children was embedded into policy and practice.

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