About our work

We are the independent source of fair comment for ministers and the public on the effectiveness of the work of probation and youth offending services. Based on our independence, expertise and experience, we can uniquely focus on the identification of best and effective practice. We identify if success has been achieved, 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.

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