Hackney youth offenders work 'disappointing'

Substantial improvement is needed in the way an east London council deals with youth offenders, a report says.

The HMI Probation report said its findings were "disappointing" but it did acknowledge "improvement work" was under way at Hackney council.

Labour councillor Rita Krishna said "we are pleased that inspectors have confidence" in the council's services.

The authority has recently introduced a new model for its youth offender work called Young Hackney.

The report looked at Hackney's success in safeguarding work to protect young people, work to protect the public and work to reduce the likelihood of reoffending.

Improvement work

Ms Krishna, cabinet member for children's services, said: "I am confident that our systems and our staff are well placed to provide a high quality service that, if inspected now, would achieve higher scoring."

HMI Probation assistant Ch Insp Julie Foxx said the council's new model for working showed considerable promise.

"We are aware that these are, in this context, a disappointing set of findings for the managers and staff in Hackney," she said.

"We hope, however, that they provide them with the evidence and pointers that they need to target the improvement work already ongoing effectively."

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites