Expression of interest

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation is looking for an organisation to provide lived experience expertise to support us to obtain the views of service users.

We are looking for an organisation to provide the expertise of people 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 the experience of individuals with mental health needs within the criminal justice system from arrest through to imprisonment. This will include the work of Community Rehabilitation Companies and the National Probation Service with individuals on community sentences and on release from prison.

Are you:

  • an organisation who is passionate about the voices of people who face disadvantage
  • have people with lived experience of the criminal justice system
  • knowledgeable about the complex nature of mental health problems
  • able to understand with sensitivity, the experience of people with mental health needs in the criminal justice system
  • have experience of coordinating and carrying out projects aimed at understanding the views and experiences of those living with complex needs such as offending, mental health, homelessness and substance misuse?

In February 2021 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 understand the impact of mental health needs on people leaving prison or subject to supervision by probation services and identify how the system needs to change to provide better support. Our inspection fieldwork will run from April to June 2021.

What we need from your organisation and your experts:

  • 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 people 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)
  • a flexible approach to service delivery, to be able to respond dynamically to potential changes within the delivery environment of the inspection
  • 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 for this inspection.

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

Deadline for applications

The deadline for applications is 17 February 2021 We regret that any applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Applications, and any queries about this process, should be sent to (E-mail address).

The final selection will be made following interviews to be held on 24 February 2021.

Selection Process

The selection procedure shall consist of an assessment of the applications against the specification and an interview.

To discuss this opportunity please contact Avtar Singh. (E-mail address)

Mobile: 07796 948325

Further information

For further information, please read the Expression of Interest (PDF, 87 kB).