Equality, diversity and inclusion

Equality, diversity and inclusion and elimination of improper discrimination are central to HMI Probation’s mission. We aim for this because it is right to do so, but also because it is key to achieving our business aims. We work towards this goal for our staff and our stakeholders, including those we inspect and their service users.

HMI Probation Equality and Diversity Delivery Plan 2017/18

Our vision is to be an employer of choice. We want to take a consistent, cohesive and competent approach to promoting equality. We want to celebrate diversity and inclusion and address conscious and unconscious bias, corporately and in the work we inspect.

We are committed to ensuring that:

  • the good practice already undertaken in our inspectorate is embedded consistently
  • equality, diversity and inclusion are central in the delivery of our business
  • we build sustainability, to ensure that the benefits are rooted for the long term.

Our Equality and Diversity Group, headed by our chief inspector, will lead us to achieve this.

HMI Probation full Equality and Diversity Delivery Plan 2017/18 can be found below.

Equality and Diversity Delivery Plan 2017 (PDF, 51.80 kB)

Welsh Language Scheme

In accordance with the Welsh Language Act 1993, HMI Probation has adopted the principle that in the conduct of its inspections in Wales, it will treat the Welsh and English languages on a basis of equality. HM Inspectorate of Probation has a Welsh Language Scheme which sets out how we deliver services in Welsh. This was approved by the Welsh Language Board on 04 May 2011.

Cynllun Iaith Gymraeg (PDF, 146.28 kB)

Welsh Language Scheme (PDF, 118.07 kB)

Each year we submit a report on our progress:

Cynllun Iaith Gymraeg – Adroddiad Monitro Blynyddol 2018 (PDF, 114.16 kB)

Language Scheme – Annual Report 2018 (PDF, 114.16 kB)

Cynllun Iaith Gymraeg – Adroddiad Monitro Blynyddol 2017 (PDF, 120.00 kB)

Language Scheme – Annual Report 2017 (PDF, 105.95 kB)


Inspection of equality and diversity issues

We know that probation and youth offending services that take account of the diverse needs of the individuals with whom they work are more likely to make an impact on offending behaviour.

Our new Quality & Impact inspection programme aims to put the service user at the heart of our inspections. We assess how well services take account of the individual needs of those who have offended and barriers to making positive change in their lives.

We can identify whether or not individuals are being treated proportionately at each step in the process. We analyse findings by a number of diversity characteristics, so that disparity in the quality of work with different groups of people who have offended (for example by race, gender, age-group, etc.) can be identified. These are outlined in our HMI Probation Annual Report, our aggregated reports, and occasionally in other documents.

We also undertake inspections that focus on equality, diversity and inclusion issues. Examples include our inspection of how well probation services manage cases involving offenders with learning disabilities, and the review of the management of disability hate crime. These reports can be read through the following links:

A joint inspection of the treatment of offenders with learning disabilities within the criminal justice system – phase 1 from arrest to sentence

Living in a different world: a joint review of disability hate crime