Short-term placement – HMI Probation Accommodation thematic inspection 2020 (adult probation)

We are seeking a short-term placement with detailed knowledge of our inspection topic to be seconded in to our inspection team for a period of up to six weeks over a three-month timeframe to help plan, carry out and write up inspection findings.

We are seeking someone who can work as part of a team with proven operational and strategic experience in the following topic:

  • Accommodation for adults in the criminal justice system: placement to start January 2020 exact date to be confirmed with candidate (fieldwork between February and March 2020)

Short-term placements provide an excellent opportunity to learn about inspection, gain more knowledge about the inspection topic and contribute to improving practice. Guidance will be provided in inspection skills and procedures.

Applicants should be aware that the role does entail frequent travel within England and Wales and the necessity for overnight stays away from home.

We particularly welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds.


Each short-term placement will be linked to a specific thematic inspection for a period of up to six weeks, spread over a timeframe of three months (please see our advert for the relevant individual inspection timeframe). This arrangement will enable the successful applicant to participate in the inspection process from planning through to report preparation. The precise distribution of days will be subject to agreement, but there is an expectation that the post holder will be available for all the inspection fieldwork.

The role does require frequent travel within England and Wales and the necessity for overnight stays away from home. Travel and subsistence payments will be made to cover these costs. We will also reimburse the employer any salary costs incurred during the placement.


  • Assessing the quality of practice carried out by front‑line practitioners dealing with adults and/or young people who have offended.
  • Assisting with a specified thematic inspection. Inspections involve a range of activities including: doing background research, assessing written evidence, assessing individual case records, interviewing staff and managers, interviewing or observing work with individuals who have offended, analysing data and writing records of evidence.
  • Assisting with the drafting of inspection reports.
  • Contributing to discussions about inspection findings with colleagues, officials from relevant government departments and others.
  • Assisting with delivering presentations on inspection findings to a variety of audiences.

Abilities and skills

  • Detailed knowledge and experience of the thematic inspection topic.
  • The ability to assess the quality of practice carried out by front-line practitioners dealing with adults and/or young people who have offended.
  • Able to produce documentation to tight deadlines, and to present material in a succinct and clear manner.
  • Ability to make well-judged decisions based on evidence.

Selection Procedure

Please provide:

A brief curriculum vitae along with a statement of no more than 500 words demonstrating how you meet the above abilities and skills for the role, evidencing your knowledge and experience of the relevant topic. Please make clear at the top of your supporting statement which inspection you are applying for.

Your CV and supporting statement should be sent by email, headed HMI Probation Short-term placement, followed by the title of the inspection to: (E-mail address) by 23:59 Friday 07 November 2019

The final selection will be made following interviews to be held in Manchester on Tuesday, 17 December 2019