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This report is in two parts. In Part 1, I explain the probation service, as people are often unaware of what it does, or how government expectations of the service have changed. Part 2 is a systematic evaluation of the service, with the aim of identifying what needs to change.

The Inspectorate’s People Strategy and Engagement Group advises and leads on improving and then maintaining good staff engagement in support of the delivery of the inspectorate’s strategic objectives. This document outlines the actions the group has identified to deliver that objective.

HMI Probation is the independent inspector of youth offending and probation services in England and Wales. We report on the effectiveness of work with adults and children who have offended. This is our corporate plan for 2018-2021

This document describes the respective roles and responsibilities of HM Inspectorate of Probation (HMI Probation) and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and how the relationship between them will be conducted including the delivery of services by the MoJ to support the work of HMI Probation.

Probation reforms falter, disclosing deep seated problems. Government reform of probation has created a ‘two-tier and fragmented’ system in which private companies are performing significantly worse than public sector elements, according to the Chief Inspector of Probation.

HMI Probation is the independent inspector of youth offending and probation services in England and Wales. We report on the effectiveness of work with adults and children who have offended. This is our corporate plan for 2017-2020

The Plan sets out our intended programme of work for 2016-19 in continuing our work in providing independent assurance on the effectiveness of probation and youth offending services.

Independent inspection of adult and youth offending work

HMI Probation Plan 2015-2016 (PDF, 627.28 kB)

HMI Probation Annual Report 2013-2014 (PDF, 2.46 MB) Arolygiaeth Prawf Ei Mawrhydi Adroddiad Blynyddol 2013-2014 (PDF, 625.68 kB) News release: An opportunity to reduce reoffending?