Rules and guidance

These documents are the rules and guidance that assist inspectors to make their judgements against our standards. Domain one looks at the organisational delivery (governance and leadership, staff, partnerships and services, information and facilities). The rules and guidance documents for domains two and three are for our inspectors when assessing cases.

Youth domain one RaG v1.0 (PDF, 883.29 kB)

Youth domain two CARaG v5.0 (PDF, 819.49 kB)

Youth domain three CARaG v1.0 (PDF, 677.75 kB)


Guidance manual

To assist the services that we inspect we have produced a guidance manual. It provides an overview and details all the stages of an inspection, including what happens before, during and after an inspection. It also details how we report our findings.

Youth guidance manual external (PDF, 735.86 kB), v2.0 published 12 November 2018


Case sample

The cases we assess are selected according to certain criteria. We request a list of cases based on specific requirements. The case sample specification documents below outline what those requirements are for youth offending services inspections.

Youth Case Sample Specification 060918 v1.1 (PDF, 326.24 kB)


Selection criteria

Criteria for selecting youth offending services for inspection (PDF, 154.51 kB)


Fieldwork Schedules

Our fieldwork weeks can be logistically difficult to plan. We use a template to show which inspector is attending which office at what time. This helps the responsible officer to see what case they will be discussing with us.

Single inspection grp 3 model timetable v0 260418 (Spreadsheet, 100.25 kB)

Joint inspection week 1 grp 3 model timetable v0 260418 (Spreadsheet, 84.70 kB)

Joint inspection 2nd fieldwork week model timetable v0 260418 (Spreadsheet, 104.50 kB)