Memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the oversight of youth justice services across England and Wales

HM Inspectorate of Probation has worked collaboratively with the Youth Justice Board (YJB) to review and update the memorandum of understanding between them.

The MoU sets out for the public the key roles and responsibilities of the Inspectorate and the YJB in the monitoring, inspection, and oversight of youth justice services across England and Wales.  It outlines an agreement between us as organisations on how we will work together to achieve the most effective oversight and understanding of the youth justice system.  It summarises the key interfaces between us, as well as providing clarity on how information will be shared and utilised.

It is intended to provide clarity for the sector on the roles and responsibilities of each of us as agencies engaged directly in the oversight, monitoring, and inspection of youth justice services.

The MoU is available below and has gone live following joint training and briefings for Inspectorate and YJB staff. Any queries or questions relating to the MoU please contact Kate Langley: Director of Operations (South) (E-mail address, 105 kB) or Andrea Brazier: Head of Youth Inspection Programme (E-mail address)

Memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the oversight of youth justice services across England and Wales (PDF, 228 kB), November 2023

Memorandum of understanding for the Arrangements for the oversight of probation services in England and Wales

This document is between the Ministry of Justice, HM Prison and Probation Service and HM Inspectorate of Probation.  It sets out a clear and unified approach to oversight of the probation system as from the introduction of the inspectorate’s new inspection methodology from August 2023. It sets out for  probation services and for the wider public the oversight model, its key working relationships and underlying principles, as well as the key aspirations for the oversight of probation.

Memorandum of Understanding for the Arrangements for the Oversight of Probation Services in England and Wales (PDF, 222 kB), August 2023

Memorandum of Understanding between Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation and Healthcare Inspectorate Wales – October 2020

This document can be found on the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales website.