Hull (Kingston upon Hull) Youth Justice Service (YJS) has received an overall rating of ‘Good’ following an inspection by HM Inspectorate of Probation. The service works with children aged 10 to 18. Most children under their supervision are aged 15 to 17 (73 per cent), male (87 per cent) and white (92 per cent). They […]

16 September 2021

Blackpool Youth Justice Service (YJS) has greatly improved according to HM Inspectorate of Probation, following a recent inspection. In 2018, the service was rated ‘Inadequate’ but they have since addressed areas of poor practice and have now been awarded an overall rating of ‘Good’ (the Inspectorate uses a four-point scale: ‘Outstanding’, ‘Good’, ‘Requires improvement’ and […]

07 September 2021

Probation services are responding poorly to drugs misuse and addiction cases, according to inspectors. Probation services across England and Wales supervise nearly 156,000 people in the community. HM Inspectorate of Probation estimates that almost 75,000 of these individuals have a drugs problem, yet fewer than 3,000 people were referred by probation services to specialist drug […]

18 August 2021

North Tyneside Youth Justice Service (YJS) has received an overall rating of ‘Outstanding’ following a recent inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation. North Tyneside YJS work with children aged 10 to 17. The majority of children under their supervision are aged 15 to 17 (63 per cent), male (76 per cent) and white (96 […]

29 July 2021

Brighton and Hove Youth Offending Service (YOS) has received an overall rating of ‘Outstanding’ following a recent inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation. The Inspectorate looked at 12 aspects of the YOS’s work and awarded ‘Outstanding’ ratings in every category – a rare achievement. HM Inspectorate of Probation’s Director of Operations Marc Baker said: […]

13 July 2021

All Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) in England and Wales merged with the National Probation Service into a single unified model – the Probation Service – in June 2021. Both divisions inspected were part of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex CRC and received an overall rating of ‘Requires Improvement’. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation has published […]

06 July 2021

HM Inspectorate of Probation’s final National Probation Service (NPS) inspection – which took place prior to the unification of the probation service in June 2021 – was an assessment of the South West division. The service is now known as the Probation Service – South West region. Inspectors gave the service an overall rating of […]

06 July 2021

All National Probation Service (NPS) divisions and the privately-run Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) have now merged to become a new, unified public sector Probation Service. The change affects more than 220,000 people on probation and 16,000 probation staff across England and Wales. Probation services were reorganised in 2014 – called Transforming Rehabilitation – a model […]

28 June 2021

The Secretary of State for Justice Robert Buckland has announced the re-appointment of Justin Russell as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Probation for a further two-year term. Mr Russell’s current tenure runs until 31 May 2022; his second term will run from 01 June 2022 to 31 May 2024. Mr Russell said: “I am delighted […]

24 June 2021

On National Children’s Day 2021 (16 May) my thoughts turn to the many children who are emerging from a long and difficult year at the hands of Covid-19. Whether it be domestic, educational or social disruption, the long-term effects will no doubt be profound but hopefully not irreversible. This impact is no doubt felt particularly […]

14 May 2021