We currently have 3 vacancies. For further information, please see below:

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation is looking for an organisation to support and second an individual(s) with lived experience to obtain the views of young people known to the youth offending service who are in the process of transitioning/have transitioned to adult criminal justice agencies.

We are looking for an organisation to provide personnel with lived experience of the criminal justice system to join our team of inspectors undertaking a thematic inspection. The focus of the inspection will be service delivery for young people who are in the process of transitioning/have transitioned to adult criminal justice agencies. Youth offending services work with children aged 10-18 years, and their families. At the age of 18 years, young people can have their supervision moved from the youth offending service to either the National Probation Service (NPS) or a Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC).

  • Are you an organisation who is passionate about the voices of young people?
  • Do you have personnel with lived experience of the criminal justice system who understand what it is like to transition from the youth offending service to the NPS or CRC?
  • Do you have experience of coordinating and carrying out projects aimed at understanding the views and experiences of young people and families living with complex needs such as offending, homelessness, substance misuse and mental health?

In November 2020 we will start to design our inspection and we require an individual or organisation to work with us and be a part of our team. We want to better understand the experiences of young people who are in the process of or have transitioned to adult criminal justice agencies. The inspection will help identify examples of good practice and how the system needs to improve service delivery. Our inspection fieldwork will take place during March and April 2021.

What we need from your organisation and the seconded personnel:

  • previous experience of designing and managing lived experience projects, which may involve different methods of information gathering
  • an interest and passion for innovative, creative and inclusive approaches to seeking out the views of service users – ensuring we break down barriers for young people with multiple needs to ensure their voices are heard
  • experience of applying a range of techniques to gather relevant information from service users (including surveys and interviews – face-to-face, telephone and online)
  • the ability to work as part of a team and communicate effectively with people from a diversity of different backgrounds
  • the ability and confidence to develop and test out ideas.

Please note that in view of the COVID-19 pandemic the way we conduct the inspection will be kept under regular review and guided by national public health advice and risk assessment. Inspections usually involve frequent travel and overnight stays away from home for which travel and subsistence payments will be made to cover transport and overnight stay costs. However, depending on the situation at the time, remote working methods may need to be used.

Organisations are advised that the full cost (including VAT if applicable) must be less than £10,000 when providing quotations for this work.

Closing date: 16 November 2020 23:59.

Read the full Expression of Interest and details of how to apply. (PDF, 190 kB)


Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation is looking for an organisation to support and second an individual(s) with lived experience to obtain the views of black, Asian and minority ethnic children known to youth offending services

We are looking for an organisation to provide personnel with lived experience of the criminal justice system to join our team of inspectors undertaking a thematic inspection. The focus of the inspection will be Youth Offending Service Delivery for black, Asian and minority ethnic children and staff. Youth offending services work with children aged 10-18 years, and their families.

Are you:

  • an organisation who is passionate about the voices of children who face disadvantage,
  • have personnel with lived experience of the criminal justice system who understand what it is like to be a black, Asian or minority ethnic child in the justice system,
  • have experience of coordinating and carrying out projects aimed at understanding the views and experiences of children and families living with complex needs such as offending, homelessness, substance misuse and mental health?

In November 2020 we will start to design our inspection and require an individual or organisation to work with us and be a part of our team. We want to better understand the experiences of black, Asian and minority ethnic children known to youth offending teams. The inspection will help identify examples of good practice and how the system needs to improve service delivery. Our inspection fieldwork will take place during February and March 2021.

What we need from your organisation and the seconded personnel:

  • previous experience of designing and managing lived experience projects, which may involve different methods of information gathering
  • an interest and passion for innovative, creative and inclusive approaches to seeking out the views of service users– ensuring we break down barriers for children with multiple needs in having their voices heard
  • experience of applying a range of techniques to gather relevant information from service users (including surveys and interviews – face-to-face, telephone and online)
  • the ability to work as part of a team and communicate effectively with people from a diversity of different backgrounds
  • the ability and confidence to develop and test out ideas.

Please note that in view of the COVID-19 pandemic the way we conduct the inspection will be kept under regular review and guided by national public health advice and risk assessment. Inspections usually involve frequent travel and overnight stays away from home for which travel and subsistence payments will be made to cover transport and overnight stay costs. However, depending on the situation at the time, remote working methods may need to be used.

Organisations are advised that the full cost (including VAT if applicable) must be less than £10,000 when providing quotations for this work.

If this sounds like you then click to see the full Expression of Interest and details of how to apply. (PDF, 188 kB).

The deadline for applications is midnight 23 October 2020. We regret that any applications received after the deadline will not be considered.


Two short-term placements with HM Inspectorate of Probation: Youth offending service delivery for black, Asian and minority ethnic children and staff

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation is the independent inspector of youth offending and probation services in England and Wales. We report on the effectiveness of probation and youth offending service work with adults and children. We inspect these services and publish inspection reports. We highlight good and poor practice, and use our data and information to encourage high-quality services. We are independent of government, and speak independently.

We carry out many thematic inspections examining different aspects of work with adults and/or children. We are seeking someone with in-depth operational and strategic experience of youth offending service delivery specifically for black, Asian and ethnic minority children and staff. They should also be able to demonstrate a deep understanding of the issues facing these children and staff. The successful candidates will be seconded in to our inspection team for a period of up to eight weeks over a six-month timeframe to help plan, carry out and record inspection findings.

Inspection fieldwork will take place over five weeks during February and March 2021 and there is an expectation that the candidates will be available for all fieldwork. The placement start date will be confirmed with the successful candidate. We particularly welcome applications from black, Asian and minority ethnic applicants who are underrepresented in our workforce.

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.

Please note that in view of the COVID-19 pandemic the way we conduct the inspection will be kept under regular review and guided by national public health advice and risk assessment. Inspections usually involve frequent travel and overnight stays away from home for which travel and subsistence payments will be made to cover transport and overnight stay costs. However, depending on the situation at the time, remote working methods may need to be used.

Read more about these placements and details of how to apply. (PDF, 168 kB)

Candidates will need to have secured their managers agreement to release them to join the inspection team before applying.

To discuss this opportunity please contact Helen Davies on (07919) 490420 or helen.davies@hmiprobation.gov.uk (E-mail address) or Maria Jerram on (07889) 413422 or maria.jerram@hmiprobation.gov.uk (E-mail address)

Closing date: 23:59 23 October 2020