Probation staff and youth offending teams needed to tighten up their child protection procedures and join up better with other agencies, said Paul McDowell, Chief Inspector of Probation. Today he published a report on child protection work, both with young people at risk from adult offenders and young people whose own behaviour put them at risk.

The report, An Inspection of the work of Probation Trusts and Youth Offending Teams to protect children and young people was undertaken by HM Inspectorate of Probation in response to findings from mainstream inspections of youth offending and probation work which suggested that child protection work was not being consistently delivered well enough. The inspection focused on work to identify children at risk and to take action where necessary.

Overall, staff took their responsibilities seriously and inspectors found a number of examples of good practice where their contribution had been thorough and effective. However, for many, work to protect children and young people was not viewed as a core task.

Probation in criminal law is a period of supervision over an offender , ordered by the court instead of serving time in prison.

In some jurisdictions, the term probation applies only to community sentences ( alternatives to incarceration ), such as suspended sentences . [1] In others, probation also includes supervision of those conditionally released from prison on parole . [2]

An offender on probation is ordered to follow certain conditions set forth by the court, often under the supervision of a probation officer . During the period of probation an offender faces the threat of being incarcerated if found breaking the rules set by the court or probation officer.

Probation staff and youth offending teams needed to tighten up their child protection procedures and join up better with other agencies, said Paul McDowell, Chief Inspector of Probation. Today he published a report on child protection work, both with young people at risk from adult offenders and young people whose own behaviour put them at risk.

The report, An Inspection of the work of Probation Trusts and Youth Offending Teams to protect children and young people was undertaken by HM Inspectorate of Probation in response to findings from mainstream inspections of youth offending and probation work which suggested that child protection work was not being consistently delivered well enough. The inspection focused on work to identify children at risk and to take action where necessary.

Overall, staff took their responsibilities seriously and inspectors found a number of examples of good practice where their contribution had been thorough and effective. However, for many, work to protect children and young people was not viewed as a core task.

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