West Sussex 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: “West Sussex YJS has all the hallmarks of a service which understands the needs of children under their supervision and is doing all it can to […]

22 June 2022

Portsmouth Youth Offending Team (YOT) has received an overall rating of ‘Good’ following an inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation. Chief Inspector of Probation Justin Russell said: “Portsmouth YOT has created an environment where children flourish, and they are doing all they can to help them lead better lives. In the face of the […]

21 June 2022

Bridgend 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: “Bridgend YJS is a service in transition and since our last inspection has seen some real improvement. Staff at the YJS have a passion for their […]

14 June 2022

A joint inspection of hundreds of cases of children in youth justice services has found some have not participated in education, training or employment opportunities for two years or more. HM Inspectorate of Probation, with Ofsted and the Welsh equivalent Estyn, conducted an inspection of education, training and employment services (ETE) in youth offending services […]

07 June 2022

Barnet 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: “Barnet Youth Offending Service is committed to enhancing the lives of children under their supervision and protecting the local community from the risk of further offending. They […]

31 May 2022

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