Our vision, mission and values

Our vision

Promoting excellence in probation and youth offending services.

Our mission

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation is the independent inspector of probation and youth offending services in England and Wales. Our mission is to promote positive changes in these services. Our recommendations, research and effective practice guidance drive improvements at individual, local and national levels. This leads to improved outcomes for adults on probation and children in contact with youth offending services, better information and support for victims; and better protection of the public.

Our values


We care about making a positive impact on the organisations we inspect and the individuals they work with.


We ensure that the judgements we make are supported by evidence, are fair and impartial.


We work in a respectful, transparent, professional way, listening to and sharing learning internally and externally.


We will work as ‘One HM Inspectorate of Probation’, valuing and respecting each other’s viewpoints and skills, so that everyone feels a part of what we do.


We are passionate about diversity and the value that comes through giving everyone a voice in our inspections and the chance to succeed in our organisation.

Our mandate

HM Chief Inspector of Probation’s responsibilities are set out in Section 7 of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act (2000), as amended by the Offender Management Act (2007), section 12(3)(a). This requires the Chief Inspector to inspect (section 1) and report to the Secretary of State (section 3) on the arrangements for the provision of probation services.

Under Section 7(6) of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act (2000), HM Chief Inspector of Probation is also conferred to inspect and report on Youth Offending Teams, established under section 39 of the Crime and Disorder Act (1998), and bodies acting on their behalf.

We are the independent source of fair comment for Ministers and the public on the effectiveness of the work of probation and youth justice providers.

Based on our independence, expertise and experience we are able to uniquely focus on the identification of best and effective practice. We identify if success has been achieved, and how it has been achieved, but also why it has not.

We test the effectiveness of the provision and provide assurance. Critically, we make recommendations designed to identify and disseminate best practice, challenge poor performance and encourage improvement. We provide evidence based intelligence for commissioners and providers, designed to play a key part in facilitating and encouraging improvement in effective service delivery.


The history indicates the way that HMI Probation has evolved and adapted to changing times and demands since its foundation in 1936.