These documents provide detailed guidance about how we inspect the Probation Service. Following consultations in 2020 and 2021, we have revised our inspection standards and methodology.

Information regarding our consultations can be found on the Standards and Ratings page.


Rules and guidance

The rules and guidance assists inspectors to make their judgements against our regional questions and Probation Delivery Unit (PDU) standards. Guidance will be added shortly.


Guidance manual

To assist the Probation Service that we inspect we have produced a guidance manual. It provides an overview and details all the stages of regional reviews and PDU inspections, including what happens before, during and after an inspection. It also details how we report our findings.

Probation Inspection Manual External (PDF, 825 kB)


Report glossary

Probation inspection glossary of terms (PDF, 207 kB)