Current research programme

The evidence base underpins our inspection standards that probation and youth offending services need to meet, both as an organisation as a whole and with each individual case (a person on probation or under the supervision of a youth offending service).

We are currently undertaking secondary analysis of our existing data to further develop this evidence base.

Key topics are as follows:

  • examining the links between probation supervision and positive outcomes
  • the role of engagement for positive outcomes in probation
  • the quality of public protection work
  • the quality of pre-sentence information and advice provided to courts.

We will compare findings for different sub-groups (for example by age, gender, ethnicity) where possible.

We are undertaking new primary research in the following areas:

  • care-experienced children in the youth justice system
  • probation interventions – the current landscape
  • effective management in probation and youth justice
  • exploring the implementation of transitional safeguarding.

The latest inspection standards and ratings tables can be found on the Standards and Ratings page.