Rules and guidance

These documents are the rules and guidance that assist inspectors to make their judgements against our standards. Domain one looks at the organisational delivery (governance and leadership, staff, partnerships and services, information and facilities). The rules and guidance documents for domains two and three are for our inspectors when assessing cases.

Youth domain one RaG v1.0 (PDF, 510 kB)

Youth domain one RaG v1.1 (PDF, 1 MB) (coming into effect mid-July 2021)

Youth domain two CARaG v6.5 (PDF, 428 kB)

Youth domain two RaG v7.1 (PDF, 432 kB) (coming into effect mid-July 2021)

Youth domain three CARaG v2.4 (PDF, 328 kB)

Youth domain three CARaG v3.3 (PDF, 350 kB) (coming into effect mid-July 2021)

Youth Offending Resettlement CAG v1.1 (PDF, 178 kB) (coming into effect mid-July 2021)


Guidance manual

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

Youth Guidance Manual External (PDF, 502 kB) v4.7 published 08 July 2020

Youth Guidance Manual External v5.2 (PDF, 490 kB) (coming into effect mid-July 2021)


Selection criteria

Criteria for selecting youth offending services for inspection (PDF, 155 kB)


Report glossary

Youth inspection glossary of terms (PDF, 240 kB)