Who do we report to?
Accountability in Kent
The Youth Offending Service is both a children’s service and a
criminal justice service. Kent County Council is responsible for
ensuring that there is a youth offending service in Kent. For
management purposes we are part of the county council’s Communities
We are formally accountable to the Kent Youth Justice Board on
which our major partners are represented. The Board provides some
of our funding and sets quality and performance standards for our
work. We are also accountable to and represented on the Kent
Children’s Trust Board and the Kent Children’s Safeguarding
Also locally, we are members of the Kent Criminal Justice
Board which brings together the main criminal justice agencies
We are required to produce an annual Youth Justice Plan for Kent
and make quarterly reports on our progress and achievements to the
Youth Justice Board (YJB), which also monitors our performance.
We undergo regular inspections led by HM
Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP).
We also report to the Kent Partnership’s
Stronger and Safer Communities Group. ‘Stronger and Safer
Communities’ is a major and consistent theme in local and national
strategic plans. Locally, these include KCC’s medium and long term
plans, Vision for
Kent and Towards 2010. Our work
makes an important contribution to realising their aims.
Read about national accountability.