Welcome to HM Inspectorate of Probation Careers. Here you’ll find information about our current vacancies, a chance to meet our staff, and why we’re committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Chief Inspector of Probation Justin Russell

“We offer an environment where all staff are welcome and are supported to achieve their potential. We aim for a workforce that is as diverse as the services we inspect, and that understands the challenging world of probation and youth justice.”

What the job entails

A career at HM Inspectorate of Probation is varied and challenging. As an inspector or assistant inspector, you will be part of a team working to improve probation and youth offending services through professional and rigorous assessment.

You will help us to build up a picture of each service by conducting interviews and focus groups with senior leaders, staff and service users; analysing samples of cases and other sources of data; and writing/contributing to inspection reports. You will also have the opportunity to contribute to thematic inspections that address key national issues.

If you have relevant experience, coupled with empathy and curiosity, read on!


HM Inspectorate of Probation shadowing scheme 2020 for black, Asian and minority ethnic staff working in probation and youth justice.

This Autumn, we’re looking for practitioners from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds – in both probation and youth offending teams – to join our shadowing scheme.

You’ll be observing our inspectors, over a number of weeks, as they carry out their important work. This is an ideal opportunity to learn more and consider a career with our organisation.

Applications will be opening soon, but if you’d like to register an interest in these opportunities, then please email us (E-mail address).

Please note: This scheme is open only to people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds. Your details will be used only to contact you when applications open.


New recruitment and mentoring scheme.

From Spring/Summer 2021, we will be opening recruitment for new inspectors and assistant inspectors to join us. Ahead of this, we will be offering a mentoring scheme, open to all applicants, to assist them with the recruitment process. More details coming soon.

Meet our staff

Want to know what it’s like to transfer from probation and youth offending services to the Inspectorate? Or how you can juggle working as an inspector and having a family? Or learn more about our commitment to diversity? Click on the videos below to find out more.

Meet Avtar

Meet Simi

Meet Martin

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