Careers


Welcome to HM Inspectorate of Probation Careers.

Here you’ll find information about our current vacancies, a chance to meet our staff, and why we’re committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Current Vacancies


We offer an environment where all staff are welcome and are supported to achieve their potential. We aim for a workforce that is as diverse as the services we inspect, and that understands the challenging world of probation and youth justice.

Chief Inspector of Probation Justin Russell



What the job entails

A career at HM Inspectorate of Probation is varied and challenging. As an inspector or assistant inspector, you will be part of a team working to improve probation and youth offending services through professional and rigorous assessment.

You will help us to build up a picture of each service by conducting interviews and focus groups with senior leaders, staff and service users; analysing samples of cases and other sources of data; and writing/contributing to inspection reports. You will also have the opportunity to contribute to thematic inspections that address key national issues.

If you have relevant experience, coupled with empathy and curiosity, read on!

Mentoring scheme

We are pleased to launch our Mentoring Scheme for inspection staff vacancies. All applicants for Assistant Inspector and HM Inspector posts who are invited to attend our assessment centre will be contacted by one of our recruitment mentors. Our recruitment mentors are current members of our inspection staff team. They will offer one-to-one support and guidance to candidates throughout the assessment centre process and be on hand to answer questions – about the recruitment process or the job role itself. We are committed to recruiting the best people into our organisation and to enabling candidates to give their best throughout the recruitment process.

Meet our staff

Want to know what it’s like to transfer from probation and youth offending services to the Inspectorate? Or how you can juggle working as an inspector and having a family? Or learn more about our commitment to diversity? Click on the videos below to find out more.

  • Avtar
  • Simi
  • Martin
Meet Avtar, one of our experienced HM Inspectors…

One of the best decisions I’ve ever made was to join the Inspectorate. It’s an organisation that is working so hard to improve probation service delivery…

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Meet Simi, our Head of NPS Inspection Programme…

I became involved in driving service delivery improvements at a local level when the opportunity arose for me to join HM Inspectorate of Probation.

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Meet Martin, one of our Assistant Inspectors…

I’ve been with HM Inspectorate of Probation now for just over two years on secondment from my home area where I was a senior probation officer with a team of staff who had their own caseloads…

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Current jobs

Quality Lead

Quality Lead

Salary – £30,989 – £47,591 (Salary will depend on location)

Number of jobs available – 1

Detail of reserve list -12 Months

Grade – SEO

Organisation Grade for MoJ – B

Post Type – Permanent

Working Pattern – Full Time

Role Type – Operational Delivery, Quality

Closing date: 23:55 Monday 11 October 2021

The Quality Lead will be a member of the Operations Directorate, reporting to the Head of Inspection Methodology and Assurance. The post holder will work closely with the Head of Inspection Methodology and Assurance, the Head of Training and Development and the Heads of Programmes to lead the inspectorate’s approach to embedding quality and consistency into our core inspections. They will also help develop internal quality standards, quality assurance tools and policies.

The post holder will be proactive in embedding quality practices and will take the lead in sample-based quality assurance on individual inspections and post-fieldwork quality assurance. They will also provide management information on the quality of work undertaken and advise inspection staff, Heads of Programme, Heads of Function and the Director of Operations on any remedial activity that is required.

In order to undertake the OA role, you must:

  • have the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in written format in order to support others’ understanding
  • be able to provide feedback to others in a sensitive and constructive manner
  • have experience of delivering quality assurance and quality development in a criminal justice organisation.

While the Inspectorate is moving to a hybrid model of inspection (some remote, some on-site), the Quality Lead role involves a considerable amount of travel and time away from home, which could include working away from home on consecutive weeks. Candidates must be confident that they have the personal resilience and stamina to fulfil this obligation. You may also be required to come to Manchester (our main office) to attend internal meetings and training events at various times.  Essentially, you will need to be flexible, resilient and self-reliant in fulfilling the requirements of this role, but we do offer a balanced workload with time spent at home in between inspections.

Successful candidates will be allocated a notional office base, as close to their home location as possible, for the purposes of travel and subsistence, but in practice we are flexible in terms of where in the country you wish to work from.

We warmly welcome applications from minority ethnic and/or Welsh speaking candidates.

The option of part‑time or jobshare contracts can be discussed individually.

If you would like to discuss these posts, please contact HMIP.Enquiries@hmiprobation.gov.uk and we will direct you to an appropriate person to speak to. Please mark your email, in the Subject line – Quality Lead Recruitment September 2021. We would ask that you please read the application information thoroughly first.

Gall ymgeiswyr sy’n siarad Cymraeg gysylltu â Helen Davies ar 0791 949 0420 os ydynt am drafod y swydd yn Gymraeg. Cysylltwch â corporate@hmiprobation.gov.uk os hoffech gael yr hysbyseb hon a’r disgrifiad swydd yn Gymraeg. Marciwch eich e-bost “Cais am Gyfieithiad Cymraeg – QL”.

Welsh speaking applicants can contact Helen Davies on 0791 949 0420 if they wish to discuss the position in Welsh. Please contact corporate@hmiprobation.gov.uk if you would like this advert and job description in Welsh. Please mark your email “Request for Welsh Translation – QL”.

We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all staff. We will not discriminate on grounds of gender, ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, faith or any other factor not relevant to a person’s work.

For further information and to apply, please visit the Ministry of Justice jobs website.

Expression of interest - ETE provision

Expression of interest – education, training and employment

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation together with Ofsted and Estyn is undertaking a joint thematic inspection of: education, training and employment provision for children in the youth justice system in England and Wales.

We are seeking to recruit an organisation that has lived experience expertise of the criminal justice system, to obtain the views of children and their families working with youth offending services.

Are you an organisation that:

  • believes in providing opportunities for children to have their voice heard
  • understands the multiple and complex problems faced by children and their families within the criminal justice system
  • takes a collaborative and inclusive approach to projects
  • delivers innovative and creative approaches to projects.

We are at the beginning of our process of designing the inspection and we are looking for an organisation to join us as part of our inspection team. The inspection will consider key questions focussing on organisational delivery, case management and outcomes.

What we need from your organisation:

  • a track record of the successful engagement of children and their families
  • an understanding of educational provision
  • previous experience of designing and managing projects using lived experience expertise, which may involve different methods of information gathering
  • the ability to work as part of a team and communicate effectively with people from a diversity of different backgrounds
  • providing analyse data and present findings.

Please note that in view of the Covid-19 pandemic the way we conduct the inspection will be kept under regular review and guided by national public health advice and risk assessment. Inspections usually involve frequent travel and overnight stays away from home for which travel and subsistence payments will be made to cover transport and overnight stay costs. However, depending on the situation at the time, remote working methods may need to be used.

Organisations are advised that the full cost (including VAT if applicable) must be less than £10,000 when providing quotations for this work.

If this sounds like you then please read our education, training and employment expression of interest document, which includes more information and details on how to apply.

Expression of interest - MAPPA

Expression of interest – MAPPA

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation together with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prison’s are undertaking a joint thematic inspection of: Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) in England and Wales.

We are seeking to recruit an organisation that can provide lived experience expertise of the criminal justice system, to obtain the experiences of people on probation or in prison.

Are you an organisation that:

  • is passionate about providing opportunities for people within the criminal justice system to have their voice heard
  • can provide personnel with lived experience of the criminal justice system
  • is knowledgeable about the multiple and complex problems faced by people within the criminal justice system
  • takes a collaborative and inclusive approach to the work that you do
  • can bring a range of innovative and creative techniques to maximise participation

We are at the start of our process to design our inspection and we are looking for an organisation to join us as part of our inspection team. The inspection will consider key questions focussing on organisational delivery, case management and outcomes.

What we need from your organisation:

  • previous experience of designing and managing lived experience projects
  • experience of applying techniques to facilitate the effective engagement and participation of people in the criminal justice system
  • a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of MAPPA
  • the ability to work as part of a team and communicate effectively with people from a diversity of different backgrounds
  • experience of analysing and presenting research findings using a range of methods appropriate for different audiences

Please note that in view of the Covid-19 pandemic the way we conduct the inspection will be kept under regular review and guided by national public health advice and risk assessment. Inspections usually involve frequent travel and overnight stays away from home for which travel and subsistence payments will be made to cover transport and overnight stay costs. However, depending on the situation at the time, remote working methods may need to be used.

Organisations are advised that the full cost (including VAT if applicable) must be less than £10,000 when providing quotations for this work.

If this sounds like you then please read our MAPPA expression of interest document, which includes more information and details on how to apply.