HM Inspectorate of Probation quality assurance of Serious Further Offence (SFO) reviews

In June 2020, responding to our thematic inspection of the Serious Further Offences investigation and review process, the Secretary of State for Justice asked HM Inspectorate of Probation to provide ongoing independent oversight as part of the SFO quality assurance process. We will commence this work in April 2021. In this consultation we are seeking your views on our proposed approach, which we are currently developing in collaboration with the HMPPS SFO team.

Our approach aims to provide assurance that:

  • there is independent oversight of the quality assurance of a sample of SFO reviews
  • reviews of SFOs are thorough, robust and objective
  • reviews are not just focused on process failures but are broader and look at system/culture and policy
  • poor practice is identified, and the action plan addresses failings
  • learning points are identified and disseminated
  • good practice is identified and disseminated
  • where relevant, partnership work is examined and areas for improvements identified
  • issues relating to national policy and procedures are identified.

The quality assurance of reviews will be undertaken against a clear set of standards with four distinct areas of focus:

  1. analysis of practice
  2. overall judgements
  3. learning
  4. victims and their families.

We propose to look at how well each SFO review meets these four standards. We will use a four-point scale to rate each of the four standards and to give an overall rating. Our ratings are:

  • ‘Outstanding’
  • ‘Good’
  • ‘Requires improvement’
  • ‘Inadequate’.

In addition to quality assuring SFO reviews and undertaking benchmarking sessions with SFO reviewers and central quality assurance teams, we are setting up multi-agency learning panels. The aim of these panels is to promote collaborative learning from SFO cases and to influence improvements at local and national levels for other agencies. We are exploring effective methods for ensuring the panels have a good representation of relevant agencies.

We welcome any views on this consultation. If you would like to contribute, please download the quality assurance of Serious Further Offence reviews consulatation document (PDF, 261 kB). The consultation closes on 05 March 2021.

All contributions should be sent by email to consultations@hmiprobation.gov.uk (E-mail address) by 05 March 2021 00.00.

If you have any questions about the consultation, please email Simi.Badachha@hmiprobation.gov.uk (E-mail address).


Inspection framework and programmes

Under the Police and Criminal Justice Act 2006 we consult each year on our inspection framework and programmes. We think it right to consult not just with ministers and other inspectorates (as the Act requires) but also with those we inspect and other interested parties.

2021 – Closed

Our consultation for 2020-2021 closed on Sunday 30 August 2020.

You can view the proposals here: Consultation on the future of adult inspections (PDF, 395 kB)

2020 – Closed

Our consultation for 2020-2021 closed on Friday 29 May 2020.

You can view the letter here: HMI Probation statutory consultation 2020 (PDF, 283 kB)

Our response is published here:

Response to the consultation on HM Inspectorate of Probation’s inspection framework and programmes for 2020-2022 (PDF, 363 kB)

2019 – Closed

Our consultation for 2019-2020 closed on Sunday 14 April 2019.

You can view the letter here: HMI Probation statutory consultation 2019 (PDF, 251 kB)

Our response is published here:

Response to the consultation of HM Inspectorate of Probation’s inspection framework and programmes for 2019/2020 (PDF, 84 kB)

2018 – Closed

Our consultation for 2018 closed on Monday 16 April 2018.

You can view the letter here: HMI Probation statutory consultation 2018 (PDF, 341 kB)

Our response is published here:

Response to the consultation of HM Inspectorate of Probation’s inspection framework and programmes for 2018/2019 (PDF, 443 kB)

 


Standards and ratings

Closed:

Consultation on standards for inspecting youth offending services (PDF, 382 kB)

In 2018, we launched a new set of standards, ratings and methodology. Overall, they have been performing well, but we want to continue to improve the way we inspect local services to support improvements in practice. We have kept our methodology under review and want to seek views on particular areas such as the inspection of out of court disposals and resettlement services for children leaving custody.

Our consultation closed on Sunday 07 June 2020 at 23:59.

Our response is published here:

Response to the consultation on standards and ratings for inspection of youth offending services (PDF, 288 kB)

Closed:

HMI Probation four-week consultation on inspection of probation providers

We are asking your views on the changes that we are proposing to our domain one and three standards, the way that we will inspect against these standards and the schedule for doing so throughout 2019/2020 and 2020/2021.

Closed:

From 8 November 2017 to 8 December 2017, we ran a consultation on our standards and ratings for inspecting probation and youth offending services. We received 25 responses to the probation consultation and 42 responses to the youth consultation. The reports below summarise the responses and how we are taking them forward. We will continue to be transparent in the way we work, and will in due course publish the final versions of the 2018/19 standards frameworks, alongside documentation covering the inspection processes, methodologies and ratings.

Our response to consultation on probation standards and ratings (Feb 18) (PDF, 455 kB)

Our response to consultation on youth offending standards and ratings (Feb 18) (PDF, 523 kB)

Below are the initial consultation documents:

HMI Probation consultation on probation standards and ratings_November 2017_ (PDF, 1 MB)

HMI Probation consultation on youth offending standards and ratings_November 2017_ (PDF, 1 MB)