When and how we inspect

We inspect each probation provider annually. There are seven National Probation Service areas across England and Wales, and 21 Community Rehabilitation Companies.

There are significantly more youth offending services, so we plan our youth offending inspections differently. Youth offending services are selected on a risk basis determined by a set of criteria including volume, performance information and the date since last inspection.

We announce our inspections well in advance of visiting the service. During this pre-fieldwork period, we liaise with the service and plan all aspects of the inspection. This includes selecting a case sample, creating a schedule for our inspectors and pulling together any evidence we can before visiting.

During fieldwork our team of inspectors will visit offices and meet with managers, staff and sometimes those who are being supervised. We also look at the case files that we selected and record information in a specially designed tool. This information is made available to the lead inspector to be able to probe further while on the inspection.

At the end of the fieldwork, the lead inspector will have all the information they need to write a report and rate the service against our standards.

Between June and November 2018, we will be conducting fieldwork in the following services (NB these are listed in alphabetic rather than chronological order). We will notify services of the exact date of their inspection at least two weeks in advance of the fieldwork.

June – August 2018
Essex CRC
Merseyside CRC
Midlands NPS
Northumbria CRC
South West & South Central NPS
Thames Valley CRC
West Yorkshire CRC

September – November 2018
Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire & Rutland CRC
Dorset, Devon & Cornwall CRC
Durham Tees Valley CRC
Humberside, Lincolnshire & North Yorkshire CRC
North West NPS
South Yorkshire CRC
Staffordshire & West Midlands CRC
Wales NPS