Sefton youth offending team told to improve

The team responsible for tackling youth crime on North Merseyside still needs to improve – four years after a damning report said it needed to change.

A joint inspection of Sefton Youth Offending Team (YOT) found its work to reduce reoffending was unsatisfactory.

It comes after an inspection in 2009 labelled it very disappointing and in need of drastic improvement.

Sefton Council, which runs the service, said it had “embarked on a robust and thorough improvement plan”.

Despite the criticism, the Chief Inspector of Probation Liz Calderbank said the team had made some significant progress.

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