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Birmingham Youth Offending Service (YOS) must improve the quality of its work “at pace”, according to inspectors. HM Inspectorate of Probation conducted an inspection of Birmingham YOS during Spring and Summer. The Inspectorate looked at 12 aspects of the YOS’s work and gave an overall rating of ‘Requires improvement’. Birmingham YOS is the largest youth […]

Published: 20 October 2020

A statement from HM Chief Inspector of Probation Justin Russell: In line with government guidance, HM Inspectorate of Probation suspended all face-to-face inspection activity in March 2020. Since then, we have been using video and tele-conferencing technology to conduct all of our inspections remotely. The government has now advised people to work from home where […]

Published: 23 September 2020

A North Yorkshire organisation provides good support to children who have offended or who are at risk of offending, according to inspectors. HM Inspectorate of Probation conducted a routine inspection of North Yorkshire Youth Justice Service (YJS). The Inspectorate looked at 12 aspects of the service’s work and awarded an overall rating of ‘Good’. The […]

Published: 17 September 2020

A cost-cutting restructure has had a ‘profound’ effect on a probation service, according to inspectors. HM Inspectorate of Probation conducted a part-inspection of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) in March. The CRC supervises nearly 3,000 low and medium-risk offenders; some are serving community sentences while others have left or are […]

Published: 16 July 2020

A probation service that manages more than 17,000 offenders in the North West is performing well but needs to improve specific aspects of its work, according to inspectors. HM Inspectorate of Probation conducted a routine inspection of the North West division of the National Probation Service (NPS) in January and February. Inspectors looked at 10 […]

Published: 14 July 2020

Widespread homelessness and a lack of suitable housing is jeopardising the rehabilitation of offenders, according to inspectors. HM Inspectorate of Probation found individuals who were released from prison into unstable accommodation were significantly more likely to re-offend, be sentenced for another crime or be back behind bars. Chief Inspector of Probation Justin Russell said: “Many […]

Published: 08 July 2020

Cardiff Youth Offending Service (YOS) has received the lowest possible performance rating and must improve every aspect of its work, according to inspectors. HM Inspectorate of Probation conducted a routine visit of the YOS with colleagues from health, police, education and social care inspectorates. Inspectors looked at 12 aspects of the service’s work and – […]

Published: 02 July 2020

In response to the Lord Chancellor’s announcement, Chief Inspector of Probation Justin Russell said: “The Transforming Rehabilitation reforms have severely tested the probation service over the past five years. Fundamental flaws in the original design of the contracts, particularly the payment by results mechanism, have starved Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) of essential funding. This has […]

Published: 11 June 2020

A Merseyside probation service must do more to raise the standard of its work, according to inspectors. HM Inspectorate of Probation conducted a routine inspection of Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) in January and February before the Covid lockdown. Inspectors looked at 10 aspects of the CRC’s work and gave an overall rating of ‘Requires […]

Published: 10 June 2020

Inspectors have praised a Greater Manchester organisation for its focus on child welfare. HM Inspectorate of Probation conducted a routine inspection of Bury and Rochdale Youth Justice Service (YJS) in March. The service works with 10 to 18-year-olds who are serving court sentences, or who have received conditional cautions or community resolutions. The Inspectorate looked […]

Published: 09 June 2020