“Hidden Heroes Day has a very different feel this year. The pandemic lockdowns of our homes and workplaces are, thankfully, becoming a distant memory but it seems new challenges have taken their place. “For the vast majority of probation and youth justice service staff this has been a difficult period I have seen for myself […]

29 September 2022

HM Inspectorate of Probation has published its first annual report looking at the quality of Serious Further Offence (SFO) reviews undertaken by the Probation Service after people on probation commit a serious violent or sexual offence while under supervision. These reviews, conducted by the Probation Service, aim to find out why these offences happen and […]

29 September 2022

Stoke-on-Trent Youth Offending Service (YOS) has received an overall rating of ‘Requires improvement’ following an inspection by HM Inspectorate of Probation. Chief Inspector of Probation Justin Russell said: “A mixed picture emerged from our inspection of Stoke-on-Trent Youth Offending Service. On the one hand they are doing good work and have many strengths, including helping […]

28 September 2022

Derbyshire Youth Offending Service (YOS) has received an overall rating of ‘Good’ following an inspection by His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation. Chief Inspector of Probation Justin Russell said: “Many of the children supervised by Derbyshire Youth Offending Service are from challenging backgrounds and have needs that go beyond addressing the offence they have committed. Staff […]

28 September 2022

North East Lincolnshire Youth Offending Service (YOS) has received an overall rating of ‘Good’ following an inspection by His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation. Chief Inspector of Probation Justin Russell said: “North East Lincolnshire Youth Offending Service impressed us during this inspection – in particular, the way they are helping children who have been involved in […]

27 September 2022

Blaenau Gwent & Caerphilly Youth Offending Service (YOS) has received an overall rating of ‘Good’ following an inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation. Chief Inspector of Probation Justin Russell said: “The work at Blaenau Gwent & Caerphilly YOS is impressive, with a clear focus on prevention, diversion and early intervention at the core of […]

22 September 2022

Sutton 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: “It is a mixed picture for Sutton YJS, following our inspection. On the one hand, their staff are impressive, understand the children under their supervision, and […]

06 September 2022

Thurrock Youth Offending Service (YOS) has received an overall rating of ‘Good’ following an inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation. Chief Inspector of Probation Justin Russell said: “Overall, we found ‘Good’ work at Thurrock YOS. It was clear to see that the children are at the heart of their work and a solution-focussed culture […]

23 August 2022

Warwickshire 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: “Though rated as ‘Requires Improvement’, Warwickshire PDU showed a good foundation for growth in our recent inspection. Warwickshire was the highest scoring service out of our […]

18 August 2022

Birmingham North, East and Solihull 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: “It is at the heart of the work of any probation service to fully support the people on probation and to protect the […]

18 August 2022