HM Probation Inspectorate

Northumbria probation service ‘improved but could do more to reduce risks of harm’

  A probation service in the north of England has made steady progress over the last year, according to inspectors. HM Inspectorate of Probation visited Northumbria Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) last September. The CRC works with more than 3,700 medium and low-risk offenders who are preparing to leave or who have left prison, or who […]

Unseen evil: Sex abuse in families going under the radar, say inspectorates

Children sexually abused by family members are going unseen and unheard in too many cases, while abusers evade justice, according to a new report. Inspectorates Ofsted, HMICFRS, Care Quality Commission and HMI Probation found that local agencies are often woefully ill-equipped to deal with child sex abuse in families. Efforts to prevent abuse are largely absent, while ineffective criminal […]

Gloucestershire youth offending service: strong leadership with areas for improvement

Inspectors have found Gloucestershire Youth Offending Service (YOS) has many strengths but needs to improve in a few aspects of its work. HM Inspectorate of Probation conducted a routine inspection in autumn and looked at 12 aspects of the service’s work. Inspectors have given the YOS an overall rating of ‘Requires improvement’. Chief Inspector of […]

Southampton youth offending service – ‘good’ but with room for improvement

A Southampton organisation that works with troubled children and young people has many strengths but needs to put further improvements in place, according to inspectors. HM Inspectorate of Probation conducted a routine inspection of Southampton Youth Offending Service (YOS) in autumn. Inspectors looked at 12 aspects of the YOS’s work and have awarded an overall […]

Thames Valley Probation Service ‘much improved’

A probation service that operates across three of the home counties has been rated ‘Good’ by inspectors. HM Inspectorate of Probation conducted its annual inspection of Thames Valley Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) in autumn 2019. Inspectors looked at 10 aspects of the CRC’s work and has given an overall ‘Good’ rating – its second-highest mark. […]

Warning over Probation Officers taking dangerous offenders ‘at face value’

Probation officers with a lack of “professional curiosity” who take the word of dangerous criminals at “face value” could be missing warning signs they are failing to reform, according to inspectors. A watchdog has warned that some staff at the National Probation Service (NPS) – which supervises around 105,000 high-risk offenders – are not properly […]

More men should be hired as probation officers, according to inspectors.

More men should be hired as probation officers, according to inspectors. Amid concerns over staff shortages and hundreds of outstanding vacancies for roles, the Inspectorate of Probation said the workforce needed to be more diverse. Bosses needed to review their approach to recruitment “to better address the under representation of black, Asian, minority ethnic and […]

Chief Inspector urges action on National Probation Service staffing, workloads and facilities

The organisation that supervises high-risk offenders in the community is hampered by staff shortages, stretched middle managers and poor facilities, according to inspectors. HM Inspectorate of Probation inspected all seven divisions of the National Probation Service (NPS) between July 2018 and June 2019, and found recurring problems with staffing and facilities. The Chief Inspector of […]

Academic Insights – a publication by HM Probation Inspectorate

Academic Insights are aimed at all those with an interest in the evidence base. HMI Probation commission leading academics to present their views on specific topics, assisting with informed debate and aiding understanding of what helps and what hinders probation and youth offending services. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the policy position of HMI […]

Croydon youth offending service ‘Requires improvement’

View Full Probation Inspection Report Database – with instant access to the report Croydon’s children’s social care department needs to provide better support to the borough’s partnership that works with troubled children and young people, according to inspectors. HM Inspectorate of Probation led an inspection of Croydon Youth Offending Service (YOS), accompanied by colleagues from […]