SLP YOS Performance & Delivery Board
Friday 4th June 2010
Civic Suite , Town Hall, Catford SE6 4RU
Aileen Buckton Executive Director Community Services (Chair)
Geeta Subramaniam LBL Crime Reduction Service
Tanya Edwards LBL YOS
Waneka Peters LBL YOS (minutes)
Christine Grice Children’s and Young People’s Services
Simon James Metropolitan Police
Nadia Whyte Victim Support
Arseny Barkovskiy (ABa) LBL Crime Reduction Services
Nick French Interim IYSS Manager
Craig White LBL YOS
Adam Mooney YJB
Nick Topliss SLAM CAMHS
Holly Gardner Catch 22
Kate English VAL
Dith Banbury Lewisham College
Gill Wills LBL IYSS
Sarah Robinson Lewisham Probation
Evert Robotham LBL Lewisham Homes
Mark Johnstone Lewisham Probation
Apologies received from those listed above.
2. Minutes & Matters Arising – Aileen Buckton
A number of proposals have been presented to the Community
Services Research Governance Equalities Board (CSRGEB)
relating to youth offending. Only one has been authorised. Anne
Reuter will be working with staff and young people with regards to
interventions that take place with young people and young
people’s participation in additional activities.
Action: TE to arrange for the various research papers to be TE
presented to the YOS Performance & Delivery Board in
BF presented the Court Action Plan and reported that all actions
are within the deadlines.
Action: TE & BF to regularly review plan and to provide TE
updates to the Board
3. Performance – Craig White
CW presented the YOS Performance Report, highlighting the
performance for the six National Indicators.
First Time Entrants
There has been a significant decline in the number of First Time
Entrants to the Criminal Justice System (CJS) since 2005. The
young people who now enter the system, are generally harder to
engage young people, committing more frequent and serious
offences. The work of the Triage team has had the most
significant impact in this area and will continue to be delivered.
There has been a decline in performance between 08/09-2010
although there has been a slight upturn in the last quarter. This
relates to the change in composition of the young people being
supervised. Various action are in place:
TE is meeting with Connexions to review provisions. The YOS is
also working with AMC looking at possibly basing a member of
YOS staff a few days of the week in the school looking at patterns
of absence and after school activities.
Action: TE to have a discussion with Lewisham College TE
around what else could be delivered at the YOS via the
There has been a marked decrease in the use of custodial
disposals. However, there remains an issue of disproportionality
with 81% of young people in custody from BME backgrounds.
There is a significant possibility that the numbers of young people
in custody will increase in Q2 of 2010/11 as there are a number of
young people on remand for serious offences with trials currently
ISSP is now being provided in house. Action: TE to bring details TE
of how the ISSP being delivered in house has been of benefit
to a future Board meeting.
A discussion took place regarding the reoffending cohort.
Action: CW to look at the details of those who have CW
reoffended and to provide information at the next meeting.
4. YJB Performance Improvement Framework: Capability and
Capacity– Tanya Edwards
Further to the submission of the Self Assessment, the YJB visited
the YOS to identify evidence to substantiate the information
provided by the YOS. Further evidence was then requested which
was presented to the YJB.
Confirmation of the YOS grading is currently not available
however AM stated that so far Lewisham’s grading is ‘Excellent’
although NI result are adequate. Official feedback will be
Action: TE to follow up with an internal document around C & TE
C being developed and bring back to the Board.
A discussion took place regarding resourcing. There is still a lack
of clarity regarding in year cuts that may be made by the YJB.
There is also some discussion regarding the future of the YJB and
There are also discussions regarding the devolution of the
custody budget to the YOS. If this were to happen, it is likely that
a proportion of the budget would be devolved which could be
spent on preventing young people offending. If the allocated
number of custody places was to be exceeded, then the
additional places would have to be funded from the devolved
Action: TE to provide information to the Board as decisions TE
5. Serious Youth Violence (SYV) – Arseny Barkovskiy
ABa gave a brief outline of the SYV report and highlighted that
overall crime is currently falling. The follow points were
Knife arches – This will be rolled out to all London schools
if all schools are in agreement. The MET will provide the
Search wands & dogs – Substantial costs are attached to
this. AMC do this and have found it to be very successful.
This would be on an ad hoc basis.
Stagger school dispersal times – several schools are in
favour of this
Schools work – Targeted work with New Woodlands will
take place which will include taking the young people on a
visit to the court and a prison.
Operation Protect – Funding has ended. Was gong to
continue locally but continuation of the project is
dependant if we receive funding.
Trilogy Plus – To continue to the end of March 2011, with
a review in light of available funding.
ASBOs – This will be explored further
Penalty notices - This has not been done before and
would require further discussion.
6. Prevention Programs
TE circulated the report “Prevention Programmes: Single Early
Intervention and Locality Panels”.
This outlined the integration of the YISP into the wider children
services framework. This will be expanded, with the YOS in
discussion with the IYSS lead regarding future integration.
TE circulated the report “YOS Finance” to the Board.
TE highlighted that there were still some areas of funding yet to
be confirmed in writing although verbal agreement had been
TE clarified that the reduction in the ISS budget from 2009/10 to
2010/11 was due to Lewisham no longer holding responsibility for
the five London Borough Nacro contract. This has been
disbanded and the service brought in house.
No further questions were raised regarding the budget.
8. Pilots and Projects – Report was circulated to the Board.
TE summarised the paper.
9. YJB Survey
TE circulated the document “New guidance to YOT management
Boards” and requested that all read and respond to the survey.
The London region has not been selected for inspection to date.
Lewisham has not been selected for one of the four Thematic
Inspections to date either.