Our standards and ratings

We inspect youth offending and probation services against published standards. These standards are designed to drive improvement in youth offending and probation services. They were developed in consultation with service providers, based on evidence, and updated when necessary. The services we inspect know what our standards are, and their services are rated against them.

Our inspectors use the standards to ask the right questions and look for evidence to rate the quality of service delivery across each aspect of a service. All services are rated overall as either outstanding, good, requires improvement, or inadequate as well as being rated at the level of individual standards. This will assist services in targeting their improvement activity. Our reports clearly explain why we have given services a particular rating.

Download our standards and ratings documents:

Probation inspection

Youth offending service inspection