About us

HM Inspectorate of Probation promote excellence in probation and youth justice services across England and Wales.

We do this through independent inspections, recommendations, research and effective practice guidance.

As well as inspections of individual/regional services, we publish regular thematic reports on key issues in the criminal justice system, conduct Serious Further Offence (SFO) reviews and produce annual reports each year.

Our independent research contributes greatly to our work and provides evidence on which we base our standards for inspections. We also commission leading academics to provide their views on a range of related topics. See Our Research.

The Chief Inspector of Probation is Martin Jones (pictured) – he produces a blog.

We publish all of our reports – see Our Reports – and announce upcoming inspections and the publication of reports via Twitter.

Use the links on the left to find out more about our work or return to the homepage for more information available on this website.

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Our work (includes standards and ratings tables)

Our reports

Our Research

Effective Practice guidance

Serious Further Offence reviews