Impact Assessment and Initial Recovery Planning – Hillingdon YOT (April 2020)

Summary: Copy of Hillingdon YOT impact assessment to support initial recovery planning.




  • Support YOT’s to start considering the needs of the service users and the organisation through and post COVID-19.



An integral process to recovering planning is completing an impact assessment which support and provide a clear picture of the operational position of current services, any developing backlogs, peaks in demand alongside the anticipated impact of changes in government restrictions and the evolving needs of service users.

The impact assessment is structured on the ‘Restore’, ‘Reinvent’ and ‘Retain’ principles encouraging all managers to reflect on the needs of users and the organisation through the move forward from managing the immediate impact of the pandemic.


Restore - Restore services to how they were prior to the crisis.

Reinvent - Decommission or reshape services put in place to respond to the crisis, bolster services anticipating increased demand or that already have backlogs of work built up during the crisis, bring back some services at a lower level than prior to the crisis or potentially in a different structure/design.

Retain - there may be benefits associated with new ways of working in some services that we would wish to retain as they have been operating in during the crisis. We may also wish to embed any positive organisational change.


The attached impact assessment is completed by all teams across Hillingdon Local Authority, to help with gaining an understanding of the immediate impact of COVID-19 on each team, an overview of the recovery priorities and implications and initial proposals for recovery actions over two key phases demonstrating how the actions meet the recovery principles and priorities.

Phase 1 - focusing on remaining lockdown period to prepare it for bringing activities/work back on stream, or recommendations to continue operating in a different way.

Phase 2 - post lockdown outline priorities for work programmes, approach to tackling backlogs that may have arisen and approaches to reprioritising activity based on safe working guidelines from public health/central government. Identify operational improvements that can be implemented alongside the transition.
Attached below is Hillingdon YOTs completed version of their recovery impact assessment as well as a blank version.



Implementing the practice:

  • Impact assessment was completed in partnership with YOT management staff
  • Impact assessment has been disseminated to all YOT staff
  • Impact assessment is used to form part of a wider children's services response and recovery plan
  • Impact assessment model has supported the ability to look at the learning and consider shaping of service deliver moving forward.




Youth offending team: Hillingdon Youth Justice and Adolescent Development Services
Name: Kat Wyatt