10:49AM, Tuesday 14 May 2013
In a report, the HM Inspectorate of Probation said the borough team of workers is providing 'a good service' in a range of different areas.
These included assessments of children and young people who have committed crimes, working with the courts, reducing the likelihood of re-offending, protecting the young person and ensuring sentences are served.
In summary it said 'case managers had a detailed knowledge of the children and young people and had adopted an investigative approach that challenged children and young people appropriately whilst offering support'.
Particular praise was given to the team's relationship with parents and carers in fully engaging them in the sentence planning process and thorough assessments.
But inspectors said sentence plans needed to be improved and 'strongly recommended' post-inspection improvement work was focused on this.
It said: "Sentence plans should be written with a greater emphasis on securing ownership by the child or young person by the use of simple language and achievable objectives."
Cllr Phill Bicknell, cabinet member for children’s services, said he was pleased the borough team was 'working well and effectively' with young people, parents and carers.
But he said the council was 'not complacent' and added: "We recognise that there is always room for improvement."
A copy of the inspection report will now be given to Ofsted to inform their inspections and to the Youth Justice Board.
Visit www.justive.gov.uk/about/hmi-probation to view the full report.
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