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MA responds to two HM Inspectorate of Probation consultations

HMIP standards for inspecting youth services and HMIP’s inspection frameworks and programmes 2020-2021 and 2021-2022


23 June 2020
MA responds to two HM Inspectorate of Probation consultations

The MA has responded to HMIP’s consultation on their inspection framework and programmes 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. The consultation is held annually, and sought views on their plans for the next two financial years, including on their inspections of youth offending services and probation.

The MA welcomed HMIP’s commitment to inspect a meaningful number of cases in every Probation Delivery Unit (PDU) in a region. We suggested, however, that it is important for the strategic plan to ensure some PDUs from each region were assessed every year. The MA also welcomed the proposals for thematic inspections, and to carry out research into what is effective in dealing with knife crime for children and young people and the quality of pre-sentence reports. The full response is available here.

The MA also responded to HMIP’s consultation on standards and ratings for inspecting youth offending services. The consultation sought views on the proposed changes to their standards across all three domains of their inspection framework. In particular, they sought views on new standards against which youth offending teams and the quality of local out of court disposals (OOCDs) could be rated.

The MA supported many of the proposals in the consultation, including the specific new standard on resettlement policy and provision, and the proposal that this must be underpinned by effective case-based evidence. The MA also supported the introduction of a new OOCD standard, but recommended that the inspection should look at whether there is an appropriate independent scrutiny panel in place to oversee the use of OOCDs. The full response is available here.

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