With government departments submitting their Spending Review bids for the next three to four years to the Treasury, it seemed a good time for the Inspectorate to be offering its own take on probation funding and its impact. Here’s our representation to the Spending Review. We point to the impact of years of underfunding and […]

Published: 01 October 2020

One of my first priorities as Chief Inspector has been to increase the role and voice of people under probation and YOT supervision in our inspections. September marks the first anniversary of the publication of our Service User Engagement Strategy, published shortly after I joined the Inspectorate, which sets out our commitment to involve service […]

Published: 01 September 2020

Although we are still not able to do onsite visits to probation or youth offending services, July has nevertheless been a busy month for inspections – all being done remotely through various video conferencing platforms. Fieldwork has just finished on our thematic inspection of the impact of COVID-19 on the probation service in England and […]

Published: 03 August 2020

COVID-19 has changed all our working and family lives in profound ways over the last three months. For HM Inspectorate of Probation, it has meant the suspension of our normal inspection activity since 23 March and a radical shift in the focus of our inspections for the remainder of this year. Given the huge impact […]

Published: 01 July 2020