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

Plans to unite probation services and return them to the public sector are progressing well but some gaps remain, according to inspectors. HM Inspectorate of Probation examined how senior leaders, managers and staff are preparing for this change, which comes seven years after probation services in England and Wales were split up and part-privatised. The […]

14 May 2021

HM Inspectorate of Probation has published new research examining how well caseloads and workloads in probation have been managed in recent years, and the impact that large caseloads can have on the quality of supervision. The Research & Analysis Bulletin ‘Caseloads, workloads and staffing levels in probation services’ demonstrates how the quality of probation delivery […]

19 March 2021

Probation services must show greater consideration and confidence in their work with black, Asian and minority ethnic service users and staff, according to a new report. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation found the probation service’s focus on racial equality has declined since Transforming Rehabilitation reforms were introduced in 2014. Inspectors also found the service has […]

16 March 2021

Unpaid work at 50 per cent of pre-pandemic levels. Accredited programme delivery improving. Probation staff now at risk of ‘Covid-19 fatigue’. HM Inspectorate of Probation has found probation services made significant progress in restoring delivery of key functions by the end of November last year, but backlogs have built up and Covid-19 restrictions continue to […]

25 February 2021

An HM Inspectorate of Probation inspection of Stockton-on-Tees youth offending team (YOT) has found the service to be, overall, ‘Outstanding’ – the highest rating possible. Stockton-on-Tees YOT works with children aged 10 to 17 who are serving court sentences (court disposals) or who have received cautions or community resolutions (out-of-court disposals). The majority of children […]

05 February 2021

HM Inspectorate of Probation has rated the youth offending team (YOT) in Darlington as ‘Outstanding’ overall, following a recent inspection. Darlington YOT works with children aged 10 to 17 who are serving court sentences (court disposals) or who have received cautions or community resolutions (out-of-court disposals). The majority of children under their supervision are aged […]

05 February 2021

An HM Inspectorate of Probation inspection of South Gloucestershire has found their youth offending team (YOT) to be an ‘Outstanding’ service. The inspection, which took place in September, concluded that the YOT is performing to a high standard in all three key inspection areas: organisational delivery, court and out-of-court disposals. South Gloucestershire YOT works with […]

06 January 2021

A statement from HM Chief Inspector of Probation Justin Russell: The Inspectorate suspended face-to-face inspection activity in March 2020. Further to the Government’s latest announcement, we will continue to inspect probation and youth offending services remotely using video and tele-conferencing technology. We will continue to work with inspected services to plan and deliver inspections, and […]

05 January 2021

HM Inspectorate of Probation inspection of Rotherham youth offending team (YOT) has found that the service, overall, ‘Requires improvement’. The inspection, which took place in September, concluded that improvements are needed in all three key inspection areas: organisational delivery, court and out-of-court disposals. Rotherham YOT works with children aged 10 to 17 who are serving […]

17 December 2020