Press Releases

Barking and Dagenham Youth Offending Service (YOS) was given a rating of ‘Requires improvement’, the second lowest, after probation inspectors identified some clear strengths but also challenges which affected its ability to stop children and young people re-offending.

Published: 20 December 2018

There are some good elements of delivery across the organisation, and leadership is strong and provided by a dedicated and motivated management team. The individual workloads of probation professionals are, however, the highest we have seen so far in the current inspection programme…

Published: 19 December 2018

Probation inspectors found the Midlands division of the National Probation Service (NPS), supervising more than 17,000 high-risk offenders across a large and complex area, to be well led, assessing its overall performance as good, the second highest assessment.

Published: 18 December 2018

Blackpool youth offending team (YOT) was found by HM Inspectorate of Probation to be ‘Inadequate’, the lowest assessment, with many weaknesses and staff struggling with low morale. Dame Glenys Stacey, HM Chief Inspector of Probation, said: “The inspection found a difficult set of circumstances.”

Published: 18 December 2018

Warwickshire Youth Justice Service (YJS) was assessed by HM Inspectorate of Probation as ‘Good’ overall, its second highest rating, with strong leadership and a wide range of services to support young people to avoid reoffending. Some of the work was assessed as outstanding, the highest grade, particularly its supervision of court orders. Its work with […]

Published: 07 December 2018

Essex Youth Offending Service (YOS) has been assessed by HM Inspectorate of Probation as ‘Outstanding’, its highest grade. Many aspects of its work to prevent offending by children and young people were found to be impressive and successful. Though it is one of the largest youth offending teams in the country, Essex YOS nevertheless achieved […]

Published: 06 December 2018

Thames Valley Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC), supervising offenders across a large and complex area, was found by probation inspectors to be well led, with an organisational ‘vibrancy’ and energetic staff. However, shortcomings in its operational delivery led HM Inspectorate of Probation to assess the CRC as ‘Requiring improvement,’ its second lowest assessment. Inspectors were particularly […]

Published: 28 November 2018

Northumbria Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) needs to improve its work to protect potential victims of those it supervises, particularly in its many domestic abuse cases, according to inspectors. HM Inspectorate of Probation found clear strengths in the CRC’s work to support people to recognise and tackle the reasons for their offending. It also had experienced […]

Published: 07 November 2018

Sandwell Youth Offending Service (YOS) in the West Midlands was assessed by probation inspectors as good overall, with some outstanding areas of practice alongside aspects that required improvement. The YOS, though it was going through a period of organisational transition, was creative in its work with children and young people. Dame Glenys Stacey, HM Chief […]

Published: 01 November 2018

The South West South Central division of the National Probation Service, supervising nearly 13,000 offenders from Berkshire to Cornwall, was found by inspectors to be performing to a good standard overall. In the first report in new programme of inspections of the NPS divisions, Dame Glenys Stacey,

Published: 01 November 2018