The joint targeted area inspection (JTAI) programme, led by Ofsted, and the Wales equivalent – joint inspection of child protection arrangements (JICPA) – look at how local services work together to support vulnerable children. Following a review, HM Inspectorate of Probation has decided to pause its contribution to the JTAI and JICPA programmes in 2022/2023 […]

02 December 2021

Leicestershire Youth and Justice Service (Y&JS) has received an overall rating of ‘Requires improvement’ following an inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation. Leicestershire Y&JS work with children aged 10 to 17. The majority of children under their supervision are aged 15 to 17 (78%), male (89%) and white (89%). They supervise children with complex […]

02 December 2021

We recognise the value that people on probation can bring to our Inspectorate activity. We also recognise the benefits that involving people on probation can have to their own wellbeing and recovery. It is a core part of the probation ethos to support the rehabilitation of individuals and to provide better life chances for them. […]

03 November 2021

An inspection of Wirral Youth Justice Service (YJS), by HM Inspectorate of Probation, has resulted in an overall rating of ‘Good’. Wirral YJS works with children aged 10 to 18. Most children under their supervision are aged 15 to 17 (84 per cent), male (87 per cent) and white (96 per cent). They supervise children […]

26 October 2021

Inspectors have found “significant deficits” in the quality of work conducted by youth offending services and partner agencies with black and mixed heritage boys. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation reviewed a sample of cases from nine youth offending services across England, as well as inspection data gathered over a 12-month period. Inspectors spoke to senior […]

21 October 2021

An inspection of Kirklees Youth Justice Service (YJS), by HM Inspectorate of Probation, has given the service an overall rating of ‘Requires improvement’. The Inspectorate uses a four-point scale: ‘Outstanding’, ‘Good’, ‘Requires improvement’ and ‘Inadequate’. The Inspectorate rates specific aspects of each service and also gives an overall rating. Kirklees YJS works with children aged […]

12 October 2021

An inspection of Kent Youth Justice Service (YJS), by HM Inspectorate of Probation, has laid bare the significant impact of Covid-19 on staff, and children under their supervision. The Inspectorate gave the YJS an overall rating of ‘Requires Improvement’ but noted that the fieldwork for the inspection reflected a ‘difficult period’ for practitioners. The Inspectorate […]

05 October 2021

Chief Inspector of Probation, Justin Russell, reflects on the important work of probation and youth justice service practitioners this Hidden Heroes Day: “Tumultuous, challenging, changing… just some of the words to describe the past year for those working in and around probation and youth justice services. So, the 29 September 2021 – Hidden Heroes Day […]

29 September 2021

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