West Mercia Youth Justice Service (YJS) has received an overall rating of ‘Requires improvement’ following an inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation. Chief Inspector of Probation Justin Russell said: “West Mercia YJS is certainly moving in the right direction and is showing it can offer children a path away from crime. However, they have […]

19 May 2022

The Chief Inspector of Probation, Justin Russell, says key areas of probation must be ‘addressed urgently’ following recent disappointing inspection ratings. The unified Probation Service began in June 2021, affecting some 220,000 people on probation and 16,000 staff. HM Inspectorate of Probation has completed six inspections since this time, covering Wales and Kent, Surrey and […]

17 May 2022

Northamptonshire Probation Delivery Unit (PDU)* has received an overall rating of ‘Requires improvement’ following an inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation. Chief Inspector of Probation Justin Russell said: “Like every probation area, Northamptonshire has been hit hard by the pandemic, but it is doing better than others we have inspected to restore services to […]

17 May 2022

Calderdale Youth Justice Service (YJS) has received an overall rating of ‘Requires improvement’ following an inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation. Chief Inspector of Probation Justin Russell said: “Though rated as ‘Requires improvement’, Calderdale YJS is certainly moving in the right direction and we were pleased with their progress. However, we want to see […]

17 May 2022

Essex North Probation Delivery Unit (PDU)* has received an overall rating of ‘Inadequate’ following an inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation. Chief Inspector of Probation Justin Russell said: “This was a concerning inspection with poor performance across the board at Essex North probation service and ‘Inadequate’ ratings for eight out of nine of our […]

17 May 2022

Neath Port Talbot Youth Justice Service (YJS) has received an overall rating of ‘Good’ following an inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation. Chief Inspector of Probation Justin Russell said: “It takes considerable effort to make such significant progress over the past few years, especially through the pandemic, but Neath Port Talbot YJS has achieved […]

12 May 2022

West Sussex Probation Delivery Unit (PDU)* has received an overall rating of ‘Inadequate’ following an inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation. Chief Inspector of Probation Justin Russell said: “An ‘Inadequate’ rating is always disappointing and West Sussex PDU has a tough job ahead of them. We want to see those on probation, especially those […]

11 May 2022

West Kent Probation Delivery Unit (PDU)* has received an overall rating of ‘Inadequate’ following an inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation. Chief Inspector of Probation Justin Russell said: “West Kent PDU is currently subject to a perfect storm of issues, including the legacy of Covid-19, which need to be addressed urgently if they are […]

11 May 2022

Hillingdon Youth Justice Service (YJS) has received an overall rating of ‘Requires improvement’ following an inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation. Chief Inspector of Probation Justin Russell said: “There is no doubt that Hillingdon YJS are a service that is changing the lives of local children under their supervision for the better. However, we […]

10 May 2022

When working with children both HM Inspectorate of Probation and the Youth Justice Board (YJB) advocate actions to reduce a risk of harm – to that child or others, better worded as ensuring safety and wellbeing of all. We are in complete agreement that access to services for children is crucial in meeting their needs […]

29 March 2022