Agenda Item No. 4
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (HOUSING AND PUBLIC PROTECTION): 12 MARCH 2014
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 24 FEBRUARY 2014
C2213 HM INSPECTORATE OF PROBATION INSPECTION REPORT QUALITY SCREENING BY THE YOUTH OFFENDING SERVICE IN THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN (CS) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE- HOUSING AND PUBLIC PROTECTION) –
Members were informed that the HM Inspectorate of Probation had published its report following a Short Quality Screening Inspection of youth offending work in the Vale of Glamorgan undertaken in December 2013.
Youth Offending Services were subject to inspection by HM Inspectorate of Probation, which provided assurance to Government Ministers and to the public regarding the effectiveness of work with those who had offended or were likely to offend.
An Inspectorate team undertook a Short Quality Screening Inspection of youth offending work in the Vale of Glamorgan in December 2013. A copy of the inspection report was attached at Appendix A to the report and the inspection criteria at Appendix B to the report.
The inspectors concluded that children and young people were being well served by the quality of assessments, reports and plans being produced by the Vale of Glamorgan YOS. Staff were committed to delivering high quality services and were well supported in their work by management and a range of partners. Despite carrying a vacancy for a considerable period of time, there was effective management oversight in place regarding improvement activity, which underpined good practice. Inspectors judged staff supervision and quality assurance arrangements had made a positive impact in almost all of the cases inspected.
This was a matter for Executive decision.
(1) T H A T the content of the inspection report, that highlighted the substantial improvements made by the Youth Offending Service since the previous Core Case Inspection in 2010 be noted.
(2) T H A T the report be referred to the Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection) for information.
(3) T H A T the Cabinet Member for Childrens Services write to the Director of Social Services and the Youth Offending Service Manager and teams to congratulate them for all their hard work in achieving a good report during the recent HM Inspectorate of Probation Inspection.
Reasons for decisions
(1&2) To ensure that Members were able to exercise effective oversight of the Youth Offending Service (YOS) and to achieve continuing improvements in performance.
(3) To acknowledge the hard work of the Department during the recent HM Inspectorate of Probation Inspection.
Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 24 FEBRUARY 2014