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This section details what we inspect, why we inspect and how we inspect probation and youth justice services.

It also includes information on how we conduct thematic inspections – on specific key issues – and our role in reviewing Serious Further Offences (SFOs).

The standards and ratings page specifies what we look for during an inspection and provides data tables for each service we have inspected.

Our research, the standards on which we base our inspections, recommendations and effective practice guidance are aimed at services at an individual level, as well as the Probation Service and Youth Justice Service, nationally, and the wider criminal justice system.

Our work is published on this website – see Our Reports, Our Research and Effective Practice for more information.

Use the navigation tabs on the left for details about our inspections of services, thematic inspections, SFO work, standards and ratings tables and more.