Brent Youth Offending Service rated “Good”

3 January 2020

Inspectors have rated Brent's Youth Offending Service (YOS) as "Good", the second-highest rating available, following the HM Inspectorate of Probation's routine inspection.

The recent inspection looked at 12 aspects of the service's work and found that Brent YOS recognise the challenges within the borough and demonstrated a well-developed understanding of the needs of the children and young people.

Staff were praised for their work supporting children to stop committing offences and inspectors noted that all the specialist workers in this area had a shared desire to improve the life chances of children and young people. In addition to this, children and young people were seen to be included at the heart of the decision making with their views actively sought and used to inform senior leaders about their experiences of services.

The inspection also found that staff tailor their support to build on the young person's strengths. In one example, a young person had started to use the gym while he was in custody and the case manager worked with him to continue this as it helped to channel his time and energy into something more positive. 

Chief Inspector of Probation Justin Russell said: "Staff at Brent YOS are working hard to support 10 to 18-year-olds who have offended or who are at risk of offending. They also provide vital support to their parents and siblings too. We have concluded the YOS is doing a good job in a tough environment."

Cllr Mili Patel, Cabinet Member for Safeguarding, Early Help and Social Care, said:

"All young people in Brent should have every opportunity to succeed. It's great to see the hard work by our YOS team has been recognised including their approach in supporting young people make good decisions on their future even those who temporarily stray off the right path. It's a credit to our dedicated staff to have been able to achieve these outcomes.

"The Council can always do more and I'm confident that the Council is heading in the right direction and doing the best we can for the children and young people in the borough."