Wiltshire was one of the first areas in the country to engage with the DfE and MoJ-sponsored Youth Justice SEND programme nearly five years ago, offering guidance and advice to area partnerships around the country on engaging positively with education providers and colleges to secure successful resettlement pathways and positive life outcomes for young people.

The progress over the last three years, since being awarded Quality Mark, has been sustained and significant. 

The quality of the submission, backed up by case studies, was outstanding.

Progress has been made in every area of the assessment framework, underpinned by the intelligent design and interconnectivity of panels, forums and focussed team meetings to ensure that no child slips through the net: early identification of needs and securing provision to meet those needs is the hallmark of inter-service co-operation.

From contextual safeguarding and risk management to the work of the CMOE (Children Missing Out of Education) focus panel; from the Police Tasking Meeting to the restorative diversionary provision and links to the Local Authority SEND Team and SWIFT (Swindon and Wiltshire Intervention for Families to Thrive); from the positive impact of colocated health specialists at the heart of effective youth justice provision to systematic peer evaluation, assessment, review and learning (PEARL): Committed and skilled professionals work together meaningfully within structures and systems that work well together. Within a clear and embedded culture of continuous improvement, further positive developments are planned.

It has been an absolute pleasure to work with the Wiltshire Youth Offending Service and their partner teams around the child. Well done Wiltshire Area Partnership for achieving Quality Lead status!