Camden youth offending team scores highest in England
Government inspectors gave Camden their highest score for managing young offenders on Wednesday, 7 March.
The HM Inspectorate of Probation commended Camden in three areas, including - supporting vulnerable young people, protecting the public and helping to reduce young offenders from recommitting crime.
The team’s work helped to protect young people during the London riots. They have also minimised gang activity and supported troubled young people with securing training and employment opportunities.
Councillor Larraine Revah, Camden Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Families, said:
“Our service is dedicated to supporting young people and helping to protect local communities in Camden. I am delighted with this national recognition because it highlights the hard work we are doing in our borough.
“I am pleased with what we have achieved so far and the Council is committed to improving even further. We will continue to work with young people, the police, community safety and a range of local partners to ensure we support more young people with securing positive futures.”
Julie Fox, Assistant Chief inspector, HM Inspectorate of Probation, added: “Despite the challenges the youth offending service and managers faced we found them to be enthusiastic and committed to delivering high quality services.”
The Camden youth offending team’s strong partnership working was also noted. They worked with voluntary sector partners, volunteers and a range of local organisations, including:
- Police and community safety
- Child and adolescent mental health services
- Connexions and education services.
For more information about Camden’s youth offending service, visit: camden.gov.uk
Notes to editors
Camden’s scores in the report
* protect the public performed – 86% (compared with 63% average for England and Wales)
* Work to ensure the safety of young offenders - 90%
* Reducing reoffending – 84% (above the average score of 71%).
Reference code: PR 1599