Short-term placement with HM Inspectorate of Probation

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

hmiprobation HM Inspectorate of Probation

We are seeking a short-term placement with detailed knowledge of our inspection topics to join our inspection team for a period of up to seven weeks over a five month timeframe to help plan, carry out and write up inspection findings.

We are seeking someone who is able to work as part of a team with proven operational and strategic experience for each of the following topics:

  • Enforcement and Recall (Probation): placement to start 5 June 2017 (fieldwork July-August 2017)
  • Youth out of court disposals: placement will start on 29 May 2017 (fieldwork July-August 2017)

Short-term placements provide an excellent opportunity to learn about inspection, gain more knowledge about the inspection topic and contribute to improving practice. Guidance will be provided in inspection skills and procedures.

Applicants should be aware that the role does entail frequent travel within England and Wales and the necessity for overnight stays away from home.

For further information about the Enforcement and Recall inspection, please contact Helen Davies, HM Assistant Chief Inspector of Probation on: [email protected] or (07919) 490 420 or Mike Ryan, Lead Inspector [email protected] or (07789) 927667

For further information about the Youth out of court disposals inspection please contact Helen Mercer, HM Assistant Chief Inspector of Probation on: [email protected] or (07825) 420104.


Each short-term placement will be linked to a specific thematic inspection for a period of up to seven weeks, spread over a timeframe of five months (please see our advert for the relevant individual inspection timeframe). This arrangement will enable the successful applicant to participate in all stages of the inspection process from planning through to report preparation. The precise distribution of days will be subject to mutual agreement, but there is an expectation that the post holder will be available for all the inspection fieldwork (up to six weeks).

The role does require frequent travel within England and Wales and the necessity for overnight stays away from home. Travel and subsistence payments will be made to cover these costs. We will also, where appropriate, reimburse the employer any salary costs incurred during the placement.
All successful applicants will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check, unless they have had one in the last 12 months.


  • Assessing the quality of practice carried out by front line practitioners dealing with adults and/or young people who have offended.
  • Assisting with a specified thematic inspection. Inspections involve a range of activities including: doing background research, assessing written evidence, assessing individual case records, interviewing staff and managers, interviewing or observing work with individuals who have offended, analysing data and writing records of evidence.
  • Assisting with the drafting of inspection reports.
  • Contributing to discussions about inspection findings with colleagues, officials from relevant government departments and others.
  • Assisting with delivering presentations on inspection findings to a variety of audiences.
    Abilities and skills required:
  • Operational and strategic management experience of the thematic inspection topic.
  • The ability to assess the quality of practice carried out by front-line practitioners dealing with adults and/or young people who have offended.
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to produce clear well-written documentation to tight deadlines, and to present material in a succinct and clear manner.
  • Strong relationship building and influencing skills.
  • Ability to make well-judged decisions on the basis of evidence.

How to apply
Please provide a brief curriculum vitae along with a statement of no more than 500 words demonstrating how you meet the above abilities and skills for the role, in particular evidencing your knowledge and experience of the relevant topic. Please make clear at the top of your supporting statement which inspection you are interested in.
Your CV and supporting statement should be sent by email, headed HMI Probation Short-term placement, followed by the title of the inspection to by 5pm Wednesday 19 April 2017.

The final selection will be made following interviews to be held in Manchester on Wednesday 3 May (Out of court disposals) and Thursday 4 May 2017 (Enforcement and recall).

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