Background: On 14 December 2022, Jordan McSweeney was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum term of 38 years, having pleaded guilty to the murder and sexual assault of Ms Zara Aleena. These offences occurred as Ms Aleena walked home, alone, with McSweeney following her, before he subjected her to a sustained physical and sexual […]

24 January 2023

Swindon Youth Justice Service (YJS) has received an overall rating of ‘Outstanding’ following an inspection by HM Inspectorate of Probation. Chief Inspector of Probation Justin Russell said: “Swindon Youth Justice Service is a credit to the town, and their ‘Outstanding’ rating is much deserved. Children under their supervision are likely to thrive and this means […]

24 January 2023

Suffolk Youth Justice Service (YJS) has received an overall rating of ‘Requires improvement’ following a joint inspection, led by HM Inspectorate of Probation. Joint inspections are undertaken with colleagues from the police, social care, education and health sector. Chief Inspector of Probation Justin Russell said: “We had a number of areas of concern about Suffolk […]

18 January 2023

Background Damien Bendall murdered Terri Harris (aged 35), John Paul Bennett (aged 13), Lacey Bennett (aged 11) and Connie Gent (aged 11). He also raped Lacey. These crimes took place in September 2021 in Killamarsh, Derbyshire. He pleaded guilty in December 2022 and was later sentenced to a whole-life prison term. Bendall was on probation […]

17 January 2023

Blackburn with Darwen Youth Justice Service (YJS) has received an overall rating of ‘Good’ following an inspection by HM Inspectorate of Probation. Chief Inspector of Probation Justin Russell said: “We were impressed by Blackburn with Darwen Youth Justice Service. Their ‘Good’ rating reflects a passionate and skilled workforce who clearly care for children under their […]

17 January 2023

Dorset Combined Youth Justice Service (YJS) has received an overall rating of ‘Good’ following an inspection led by HM Inspectorate of Probation. This was a joint inspection undertaken with colleagues from the police, social care, and education. Dorset Combined YJS covers the areas of Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole, and Dorset. Chief Inspector of Probation Justin Russell […]

17 January 2023

Buckinghamshire Youth Offending Service (YOS) has received an overall rating of ‘Good’ following an inspection by HM Inspectorate of Probation. Chief Inspector of Probation Justin Russell said: “Buckinghamshire Youth Offending Service has struck a balance between protecting the local community from the risks associated with offending and supporting children to desist from further offending. The […]

10 January 2023

HM Inspectorate of Probation’s current programme of youth inspection is due to finish in 2024.  We recognise the planned end of the current programme represents a timely opportunity to review our approach to youth inspection.  We are therefore starting work on the scoping and development of the next youth inspection programme.  As part of this, […]

09 January 2023

Statement regarding the case of Damien Bendall – A spokesperson for HM Inspectorate of Probation said:   Following the murders of Terri Harris, John Bennett, Lacey Bennet and Connie Gent, by Damien Bendall, the Secretary of State for Justice asked the Chief Inspector of Probation, Justin Russell, to conduct a review of the case as […]

23 December 2022

Probation Services, also known as Probation Delivery Units (PDUs*), in two areas of the North East have been rated ‘Good’ and ‘Requires improvement’, respectively, following inspections by HM Inspectorate of Probation. South Tyneside and Gateshead PDU has been rated ‘Good’ – this is the highest rating a PDU has achieved in this inspection cycle since […]

22 December 2022