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:

  • delivery of Out-of-Court Disposals
  • multi-agency working in youth offending services
  • probation delivery: links between inputs, activities, outputs and outcomes

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:

  • knife crime and young people – exploring promising strategies, interventions and casework
  • staff experiences of supervising service users at risk of self-harm and/or suicide
  • working with trauma: an exploration of current probation service approaches
  • contextual safeguarding.

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