HMIP gives Salford City Council’s Youth Justice Service good rating

Salford Youth Justice Service (YJS) has received an overall rating of good following an inspection by His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation.

The service was rated across three broad areas – the arrangements for organisational delivery (including governance and leadership) of the service, the quality of work done with children sentenced by the courts, and the quality of out-of-court disposal work. The quality of resettlement policy and provision was also separately rated as good.

Councillor Jim Cammell Lead Member for Children’s and Young People’s Services, said: “This is excellent news and highlights the dedication and commitment of our youth justice service workers in helping to rehabilitate young people. It’s important that they are able to lead positive lives, to make a positive contribution to their community and prevent reoffending in the future.”

Chief Inspector of Probation, Martin Jones, said: “This YJS is committed to helping children achieve, promotes a child-first approach, encourages staff development, and it was pleasing to see interventions being co-created with children.” 

Mr Jones added: “We found consistently high-quality work to assess, plan and deliver interventions for out-of-court disposals, particularly in relation to children’s desistance.” 

The report found Salford’s partnership working was a particular strength, especially its health provision and the multidisciplinary health drop-in sessions. Mentors also supported children in custody and in the community, and there was a good connection with children’s services and the complex safeguarding team.

Inspectors reported the YJS is well represented across strategic and operational partnerships, and the board receives high-quality information on the service’s performance. 



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