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Newport Youth Offending Service improved but urged to act on recommendations in report – Chief Inspector

The inspection of Newport Youth Offending Service was led by HM Inspectorate of Probation and supported by ourselves, as well as Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW), Estyn, and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary.

Newport was re-inspected following poor outcomes during the previous inspection in 2014. 

Commenting on the report, published today, Chief Inspector Imelda Richardson said:

It was pleasing to see that overall, work to reduce reoffending, to protect the public and actual or potential victims, interventions to reduce reoffending, and the effectiveness of governance and partnership arrangements in Newport were all satisfactory.

This inspection found that while work to make sure that the sentence was served was good, and significant improvements had been made in preventing children from participating in crime, work to protect young people and reduce their vulnerability was unsatisfactory. This was disappointing.

Inspectors also found that there was no strategy in place to ensure that literacy and numeracy levels for children improved.

I would urge the service to look closely at the recommendations in the report and, over the next 12 months, to build on the success they’ve already achieved in improving outcomes for vulnerable young people.

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