Criminal Justice Inspection has published its first inspection report
on the Youth Justice Agency’s
Youth Conference Service. The inspection found the Youth Conference Service
(YCS) to be delivering an effective and useful service which focuses on getting the balance right between the needs of young offenders and victims. The report also indicated that the Youth Conference Service was nearing its capacity and would be unable to sustain its current workload of about 2000 referrals per year unless steps were taken and additional resources made available. CJI’s Deputy Chief Inspector, Brendan McGuigan presented the main findings of the report to an invited audience attending a simulated Youth Conference hosted by the Youth Justice Agency at Youth Action Northern Ireland in Belfast. For further details of the event, see the separate blog entry.