Our Statement of Purpose and Values

Statement of Purpose

We are an independent Inspectorate, funded by the Ministry of Justice and reporting directly to the Secretary of State. Our purpose is to report to the Secretary of State on the effectiveness of work with adults, children and young people who have offended, aimed at reducing reoffending and protecting the public, whoever undertakes this work. We inspect the quality and effectiveness (outcomes achieved) of services provided and make recommendations designed to assist providers to continually improve the effectiveness of their services and improve their reducing reoffending outcomes.

Values

Integrity                     

we work in an independent, honest, open, professional, fair and polite way

Accountability            

we are reliable and stand by the evidenced conclusions we reach. We will always fully account for our actions.

Effectiveness

we report and publish inspection findings and recommendations for improvement, focused on outcomes and effective practice, in good time and to a high standard.

Inclusion

we promote attention to diversity in all aspects of our work, including within our own employment practices and organisational processes and are committed to pursuing equality of outcomes for all

What are we trying to achieve?

  • we seek to contribute to the development of effective practice of the organisations whose work we inspect
  • based on inspection findings we will identify and disseminate best practice
  • based on inspection findings we will challenge poor and ineffective practice
  • we will contribute to the development of sound policy that enables and facilitates effective practice and avoids unnecessary duplication and bureaucracy
  • we will contribute to the overall effectiveness of the Criminal Justice System, particularly through joint work with other inspectorates.
  • We will actively promote diversity, both within our own organisation, but also in the organisations whose work we inspect

Our Mandate

HM Chief Inspector of Probation’s responsibilities are set out in Section 7 of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000, as amended by the Offender Management Act 2007, section 12(3)(a). This requires the Chief Inspector to inspect (section 1) and report to the Secretary of State (section 3) on the arrangements for the provision of probation services.

Under Section 7(6) of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000, HM Chief Inspector of Probation is also conferred to inspect and report on Youth Offending Teams, established under section 39 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, and bodies acting on their behalf.

We are the independent source of fair comment for Ministers and the public on the effectiveness of the work of probation and youth justice providers.

Based on our independence, expertise and experience we are able to uniquely focus on the identification of best and effective practice. We identify if success has been achieved, and how it has been achieved, but also why it has not.

We test the effectiveness of the provision and provide assurance. Critically we make recommendations designed to identify and disseminate best practice, challenge poor performance and encourage improvement. We provide evidence based intelligence for commissioners and providers, designed to play a key part in facilitating and encouraging improvement in effective service delivery.

The history indicates the way that HMI Probation has evolved and adapted to changing times and demands since its foundation in 1936.