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Council sets out plan to improve Youth Justice Service

At Cabinet last week, the Youth Justice Annual Plan was presented.

The Youth Justice Service is responsible for the prevention of crime and antisocial behaviour by children and young people, supervising court orders and out of court disposals, both in the community and in custody.

The annual plan follows an HMIP Inspection of Tower Hamlets and City of London Youth Justice Service report published in July 2022.

The report recognised practitioners’ commitment to helping children live fulfilling lives, and inspectors did not identify any individual children that they considered to have been left at risk to themselves or the public. However, it rated the overall service as Requires Improvement and set out seven recommendations for improvement.

Since receiving HMIP’s recommendations, the council has implemented changes based on the HMIP’s recommendations, including:

  • made changes to the management board and service leaders
  • implemented a programme of team building and improvement
  • received external quality assurance of its data
  • introduced a new quality assurance framework to audit casework
  • and continued the implementation of a new Out of Court Panel.

The new annual plan sets out the priorities and strategic goals of the Youth Justice Executive Board and operational frontline service delivery and highlights the current priority areas raised by the recent HMIP Inspection – to continue to improve the service for young people and staff.

Lutfur Rahman, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:

"Since receiving the results of the HMIP inspection, improving the service has been a top priority.

“The new annual plan sets out how the council will work with young people and staff to achieve this.

“We will never rest in our efforts to ensure the highest standards in safeguarding children.”

Cllr Maium Talukdar said:

“The Youth Justice Service is a vital service to reduce the level of offending and reoffending by children aged 10 to 18 years old.

“The annual plan is a positive step forward in improving the service, to benefit the wider Tower Hamlets community.”

ENDS

Posted on Wednesday 7th December 2022