Agenda Item No. 8
The Vale of Glamorgan Council
Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection): 17th July 2013
Report of the Director of Social Services
Youth Offending Service - Annual Performance Report 2012/13
Purpose of the Report
1. To inform Scrutiny Committee about the annual performance of the Youth Offending Service for the period April 2012 - March 2013.
1. That Scrutiny Committee notes the content of the performance report.
Reason for the Recommendation
1. To ensure that Elected Members are able to exercise effective oversight of the Youth Offending Service performance against the three National and the three devolved Performance Indicators.
2. As part of its grant funding terms and conditions, the Youth Offending Service (YOS) is required by the Youth Justice Board to undertake performance reporting in relation to a number of key performance 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, are:-
· reduction in first time entrants:
· reduction in re-offending
· reduction in use of custody
Devolved Welsh Indicators
· engagement with education, training and employment
· access to suitable accommodation
· access to substance misuse services.
Relevant Issues and Options
4. The performance report for April 2012 to March 2013 is attached at Appendix 1. Performance reporting by the Youth Offending Service will always be approximately one quarter behind, as a result of the need for data validation by the Youth Justice Board.
5. Analysis of the performance data is included in the report and demonstrates that our performance in relation to preventing entry into the Youth Justice system (WYJI 1) continues to be extremely positive with first time entrant rates dropping from 154 to 46 in 2011/12 and being maintained at 48 for 2012/13.
6. There has been a slight increase in the rates of re-offending (WYJI 2) but this is in line with increasing trends reported across South Wales YOS's and on an all Wales basis. Re-offending rates are inevitably linked to the risk of custodial sentencing and as a result there has been a rise in the use of custody in the Vale (WYJI 3) from 5 in 2011/12 to 10 in 2012/13. In turn, custodial sentences (WYJI 4) impact negatively on the engagement of young people in education, training and employment. All three areas will be monitored closely and any longer term trends will be responded to appropriately.
7. A change in recording practice within the team halfway through 2012/13 has led to a slight decrease in the number of young people accessing suitable accommodation (WYJI 5). Staff are now recording young people placed at home as being in unsuitable accommodation if there are known risk factors present.
8. Finally, young people accessing appropriate support for substance misuse difficulties (WYJI 6) demonstrates that although all young people are seen and supported by the YOS, not all of them engage with services and attend appointments made for them within the prescribed timescales. Reasons for all the delays are recorded and monitored by the Team Manager.
Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)
9. The performance reported in the attached report was achieved within allocated resources. Scrutiny Committee will be aware that the funding arrangements for the YOS are complex and reliant upon high levels of Grant funding which is potentially at risk of reduction and cuts.
Sustainability and Climate Change Implications
10. There are no sustainability or climate change implications as a result of this report.
Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)
11. The Youth Justice Board under Section 41(5) of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 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 their Management Board's 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
12. 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)
13. There are no equality implications directly as a result of this report.
14. Corporate Plan 2013-17 outcome: Residents and citizens of the Vale of Glamorgan feel safe and are safe within their community.
Policy Framework and Budget
15. This is a matter for Executive decision.
Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)
16. The provision of Youth Offending Services is a Vale wide responsibility and there are no specific implications for individual wards. The YOS Management Board is aware of the performance achieved in 2012/13.
Relevant Scrutiny Committee
17. Housing and Public Protection.
Paula Barnett, YOS Manager
YOS Performance and Information Officer
Head of Children and Young People Services
Philip Evans, Director of Social Services