Quality & Impact inspection - adult offending (probation)


Welcome to this section of our website which provides you with all that you need to know about our current approach to inspecting adult probation services.

Below are the documents and guides that assist us in our Quality & Impact inspections. The model shows our approach, our framework provides a structure to how we inspect effectiveness and the case assessment guidance is our manual for making judgements when inspecting.


Inspection model

Our model shows our approach to inspecting adult probation services.

The approach makes sure that we pay adequate attention during fieldwork week activity to the quality of practice within a wide sample of cases, comprising practice inspections and fuller case reviews.

The approach also gets to the heart of whether adult probation services are effective through examining both the quality of practice and the impact of what has been delivered.


Inspection framework

The framework provides a structure for inspectors to assess effectiveness against a number of outcomes which measure whether: reoffending is reduced; the public is protected from harm; and individuals abide by their sentence. Quality is assessed against four practice themes: service user engagement; assessment and planning; delivering interventions; and reviewing progress. We also look at leadership, management and partnership working, and evaluate the positive impact achieved in relation to each element.


Case assessment guidance

The case assessment guidance assists inspectors in making judgements about the extent to which service delivery in general, and specific practice in each case, is contributing to achieving outcomes with those who have offended.


Equality Impact Assessment

We have recently been reviewing the equality impact of our new inspection approach, in line with our duty under the Equalities Act 2010. This is a dynamic, rather than a static, process, which will be kept under review as we move towards implementation. We believe that the new model for inspection, with its three dimensions of impact inspection, practice inspection and case reviews, offers a more holistic approach compared with our previous inspection programmes. It will enable us, over time, to analyse (and report on) our findings in relation to distinct and diverse groups. A copy of the Equality Impact Assessment is available on request.


Contact us

If you have any queries or would like to talk to us about our inspections of adult probation services then we would love to hear from you:

HMIP.Enquiries@hmiprobation.gsi.gov.uk (E-mail address)

Programme Lead: Helen Rinaldi, HM Assistant Chief Inspector -0161 240 5336

For general enquiries, please see our contact us page.