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News: Good News For Young People

Tuesday, 22nd June 2004
(PR 1423)

Young people have cause to celebrate after Lancashire Youth Service was rated "very good" by Ofsted inspectors.

A team from Ofsted inspected the County Council's Youth Service in February of this year and found it was providing value for money and boasted many strengths.

Lancashire was the only Youth Service in the country to be recently inspected which won a "very good" rating.

Inspectors praised the many opportunities available to young people in Lancashire to get involved in the democratic process.

For example, Lancashire Youth Council and the 12 district youth councils have become an effective way for young people to influence decisions made by the County Council.

Youth work was described as "good" and on occasion "exemplary" by the inspectors who singled out the enthusiasm and dedication of youth workers as well as their local knowledge.

The Youth Service's managers were also praised for providing excellent strategic direction for the service and taking account of national and council priorities.

The What Now? service, which provides information, advice and guidance for young people all over the county, including a telephone and email help line, was declared "highly effective" by inspectors.

The after-care service was also praised as "good" for helping out young people leaving care.

The Youth Service is now working hard to ensure that an improved budget monitoring system is introduced, all provision is focused on educational outcomes, a stronger curriculum will be brought in by the end of this year and closer links with the Connexions service are also underway.

Lancashire County Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Families, CC Clive Grunshaw, said:

"Lancashire Youth Service covers a huge area geographically and deals with large numbers of young people who have complex interests and needs.

"In the light of such considerations, I am delighted that we received such a positive inspection."

Leader of the County Council, CC Hazel Harding, said:

"Every member of the Youth Service staff deserves congratulations for such a glowing Ofsted inspection.

"I am proud of our achievements and confident that we can work together to provide an excellent Youth Service."

For further information please contact: Jane Bullock on 01772 533521

jane.bullock@css.lancscc.gov.uk


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