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This is the fifth report in our new programme of inspections of the National Probation Service (NPS) divisions. While improvement is still needed, the London division of the NPS has made progress since our last inspection (2017). The division is well led overall.

Last year, more than 38,000 people were released from prison after serving sentences of less than 12 months. Many of these individuals are prolific perpetrators of crime, with chaotic lifestyles and complex needs. Nearly two-thirds (64 per cent) of short-term prisoners go on to reoffend.

HM Inspectorate of Probation has given East Riding Youth Offending Service (YOS) an overall ‘Outstanding’ rating. Inspectors looked at 12 aspects of the service’s work and – for the first time – awarded the top rating for all areas.

This plan sets out the proposed programme of inspections of the Criminal Justice System for 2019/20 and invites your comments.

HM Inspectorate of Probation conducted a routine inspection of Sefton Youth Offending Team (YOT) in February. Inspectors found staff and senior managers were committed to delivering high-quality services, but more robust systems and processes are needed to support this ambition.

Inspectors have given Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) an overall ‘Good’ rating. The CRC – which supervises low and medium risk offenders – is the first organisation of its kind to attain the second-highest grade.

A probation service that operates across four counties needs to improve the quality of its work and take urgent steps to keep people safe, according to a new report. As a result, the Inspectorate has given BeNCH CRC an overall rating of ‘Requires improvement’.

Lambeth Youth Offending Service (YOS) in south London was found by inspectors to have foundations for improvement in place after previous inspections raised serious concerns about the quality of its work. We have rated the service as ‘Requires improvement’.

Inspectors found the National Probation Service (NPS) in Wales, supervising nearly 7,000 high-risk offenders, to have dynamic, effective leaders and enthusiastic staff committed to high-quality work. We have rated the Division as ‘Good’.

Oldham Youth Justice Service is delivering some “impressive” work and “puts children and young people at the heart of everything they do”, according to a report published today.