Havering’s youth justice system praised in report

The Havering Youth Justice Service has been praised for the way it deals with the diverse needs of children and prevents recidivism.

HM Inspectorate of Probation, the independent inspector of juvenile crime and probation services in England and Wales, said it was “impressed” with Havering’s service in a recent report.

In 13 different areas, the inspectorate awarded seven “good”, one “outstanding” and five “needs improvement”, with a total of “good” for Havering.

In particular, Havering’s handling of children coming through the courts was praised in the report, as was his work to help them stay away from crime.

But needed improvements were noted in the way the local authority assesses the needs and risks of children involved in extrajudicial cases.

Missed opportunities to talk to children and their parents about the surveillance were also reported, which the inspection said helped juvenile justice workers better understand each child involved.

The inspection made seven recommendations, including ensuring that all children have access to appropriate education, working with the police to review out-of-court policies and creating consistency in the quality of assessments, so that there is a equal attention to aspects such as the safety of children and the risk of harm to others.

Chief Inspector of Probation Justin Russell said: ‘We have been impressed with many aspects of the work of the Havering Youth Justice Service, including their ability to focus on the diverse needs of children and their understanding of how to dissuade them from new offences.

“They have specialists available, such as mental health and education staff, to provide support and keep children safe, which ensures the safety of other people and victims.”

Cllr Oscar Ford, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: ‘This is great news for the service as it demonstrates the hard work and commitment of staff and how they are reaching and supporting our children and young people. that end up in the justice system. .

“It reinforces much of what we already know and shows us that we are on the right track to keep as many people out of the criminal justice system and that by focusing on continuous improvement we can ensure better results for our young people.”

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