Our vision, purpose and values

Our vision

High-quality probation and youth justice services that change people’s lives for the better.

Our purpose

HM Inspectorate of Probation is the independent inspector of probation and youth justice services in England and Wales. We set the standards that shine a light on the quality and impact of these services. Our inspections, reviews, research and effective practice products provide authoritative and evidence-based judgements and guidance. We use our voice to drive system change, with a focus on inclusion and diversity. Our scrutiny leads to improved outcomes for individuals and communities.

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 Justice Teams, established under section 39 of the Crime and Disorder Act (1998), and bodies acting on their behalf.

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