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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection) : 13th February 2013

 

Report of the Director of Social Services

 

Youth Offending Service - Six Monthly Performance Report

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To inform Members about six monthly performance figures for the Youth Offending Service.

Recommendation

1.             That Scrutiny Committee notes the content of the report and appendices.

Reason for the Recommendation

1.             To ensure that Members are fully informed about how the Youth Offending Service is performing against the three national and the three devolved Performance Indicators.

Background

2.             As part of its terms and conditions of grant from the Youth Justice Board (YJB), the Youth Offending Service (YOS) is required to report its performance in relation to a number of key indicators, three of which relate to England and Wales and three of which relate to Wales only as devolved services.

3.             The performance indicators reported on a quarterly and annual basis areas follows.

National Indicator : Reduction in First Time Entrants: 

4.             Explanation:   The data for this indicator is extracted from the Police National Computer (PNC)  First time entrants (FTEs) are classified as young people, resident in England and Wales, who received their first reprimand, final warning or court conviction, based on data recorded by the police on the PNC.

5.             The rate per 100,000 is presented along with the general 10 to 17 population data for the year.

National Indicator : Reduction in Re-offending

6.             Explanation:   The data for this indicator will be collected from PNC, not YOS, and is based on a rolling cohort created quarterly.  The measure will be a twelve months cohort, which is meant to be more representative.

7.             The frequency of offending will also be provided but based on the average number of re-offences per 100 young people.

8.             The re-offending measure will be reporting on data which is approximately eighteen months old as sufficient time needs to have elapsed to allow for twelve months tracking and another six months to ensure cases have progressed through the Court system.

National Indicator : Reduction in use of Custody

9.             Previously, the custodial rate for each YOT was shown as a percentage of the Court disposals for young people which resulted in a custodial sentence.

10.        The new indicator will present the number of custodial disposals as a rate of “per 1,000 of the general 10 -17 year old population”.   (The population data will be extracted from the Office of National Statistics mid year estimates).

11.        The reasons for the change are to eliminate the problems of statistical bias when there are small numbers of young people.   This data will continue to be collected from YOS data through the Youth Justice Management Information System.

 

Devolved Welsh Indicator WYJI 4:  Engagement in education, training and employment for young people in youth justice system

12.        Definition :- the percentage change in the average number of hours of suitable education, training or employment received while within the youth justice system by young people of statutory school age, and those above statutory school age.

 

Devolved Welsh Indicator WYJI 5:  Access to suitable accommodation for young people in the youth justice system

 

13.        Definition:  the percentage change in the proportion of young people with suitable accommodation at the end of their court order compared with before the start of their court order, and upon their release from custody compared with before the start of their custodial sentence.

 

Devolved Welsh Indicator WYJI 6:  Access to substance misuse services for young people in the youth justice system

 

14.        Definition:  The percentage of young people identified as requiring a substance misuse assessment that commences the assessment within five working days of referrals, and those identified as needing treatment or other intervention, who receive this within ten working days of assessment.

15.        Attached at Appendix A is the Youth Justice Board YOT Page which demonstrates the performance of the Vale Youth Offending Service in comparison to South Wales and All Wales performance. 

16.        Attached at Appendix B is a detailed explanation of four of the performance indicators, which will show a change as a result of the six monthly reporting.  The remaining two indicators First Time Entrants and Re-offending are only updated on an annual basis.

Relevant Issues and Options

17.        The performance reported is for six months, April to September 2012, a full year's performance will be presented in July 2013.  Performance reporting by the Youth Offending Service will always be approximately one quarter behind because the Youth Justice Board validates the data.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

18.        There is no resource implications associated with this report.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

19.        There are no sustainability or climate change implications as a result of this report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

20.        Under Section 41(5) of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, the Youth Justice Board has the authority to make grants to Youth Offending Services subject to a number of terms and conditions.  One of these terms and conditions is that the Youth Offending Services and its Management Board comply with the Youth Justice Board Data Recording Guidance for the specific year and provide performance information on a quarterly and annual basis to the Youth Justice Board.

Crime and Disorder Implications

21.        The work of the YOS assists in the reduction of crime and anti social behaviour by children and young people across the Vale of Glamorgan.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

22.        There are no equality implications directly as a result of this report.

Corporate/Service Objectives

23.        Youth offending services contribute to the following corporate objectives:

·               to work with partners to make the Vale of Glamorgan a safer environment free from crime and disorder and the fear of crime through prevention and positive action; and

·               to prevent and reduce offending and re-offending.

Policy Framework and Budget

24.        This is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

25.        The provision of Youth Offending Services is a Vale wide responsibility and there are no specific implications for individual wards.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

26.        Housing and Public Protection

Background Papers

None.

 

Contact Officer

Paula Barnett, YOS Manager

 

Officers Consulted

Gareth Jenkins, Head of Children and Young People Services

 

Responsible Officer:

Philip Evans, Director of Social Services

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