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West Berkshire Youth Offending Team rated 'Outstanding'

Only one other YOT in the country scored higher in pilot inspection

2020 Youth Offending Team

Issued on: 19 March 2020

West Berkshire Council's Youth Offending Team (YOT) recently took part in a pilot inspection and have been rated 'Outstanding' with only one other YOT in the country being scored higher. The rating was given by HMI Probation who gave the West Berkshire YOT a score of 34 out of a possible 36.

In the report summary, Inspectors praised the team highly, noting the strength of their partnership working to ensure the safety and well-being of the young people they work with and their approach to reducing offending.

The Inspectors were impressed by the team's ability to create comprehensive plans for the young people which cover all relevant areas, including emotional management, education training and employment, and developing familial relationships.

The outstanding accolade comes as the YOT prepares to celebrate its 20th birthday.
Dominic Boeck, West Berkshire's Executive Member for Children and Young People said:

"I am extremely proud of the achievements of our YOT team and delighted, although not surprised by the outstanding rating it has received.

"In the last year West Berkshire has achieved one of the lowest rates in the country of children entering the criminal justice system, and much of this can be put down to the hard work of the YOT.

"The number of children dealt with by the youth justice system has reduced spectacularly with those cautioned or convicted down by 79% since 2007.
Over the same period, the number of children entering the youth justice system for the first time has fallen by 82% and the number prosecuted at court has reduced by more than two thirds."