Equality and diversity

HMI Probation is committed to the active promotion of diversity issues.


One of the stated purposes of HM Inspectorate of Probation is to promote actively race equality and wider diversity issues, especially in the organisations we inspect but also within our own employment and organisational processes. Our overarching objective is to work towards removing improper discrimination in the criminal justice system and we make our contribution in the role of a statutory independent Inspectorate. Ensuring that the diverse needs of adults, children and young people who have committed offences are properly assessed and addressed makes a significant contribution to the work of Probation Trusts and Youth Offending Teams to prevent re-offending.

HMI Probation Equality Action Plan 2011-14

HMI Probation's Equality Action Plan details our objectives to address race, disability and gender equality within our own organisation and with the work of those we inspect. It incorporates the issues previously addressed in the Race, Disability and Gender Equality Scheme and the Diversity Action Plan.

HMI Probation Equality Action Plan 2011-2014 (PDF 0.06mb)

Welsh Language Scheme

In order to fulfill its statutory obligations HM Inspectorate of Inspection has prepared a Welsh Language Scheme setting out how we propose to deliver services in Welsh. This was approved by the Welsh Language Board on 4 May 2011.

Cynllun Iaith Gymraeg (PDF 0.31mb)

Welsh Language Scheme (PDF 0.29mb)

Cynllun Iaith Gymraeg - Adroddiad Monitro Blynyddol 2012/13 (PDF 0.21mb)

Welsh Language Scheme – Annual Report 2012/13 (PDF 0.27mb)

Inspection of diversity issues

We see it as very important to consider diversity issues in our inspection programmes. We assess how well Probation and Youth Offending practice takes into account the diverse needs of adults and young people who have offended, and we have built into each of our programmes arrangements to identify whether or not individuals who have offended are being treated proportionately at each step in the processes we inspect, with no difference by their diversity characteristics.
We analyse and publish inspection findings by diversity characteristics, so that any disparity in the quality of work with different groups of people who have offended (by race, gender, age-group, etc.) can be identified.  Aggregate findings from the CCI and OMI 2 programmes to date by diversity characteristics were published in March 2011 and are available here and here. Further similar findings will be published in due course.

Diversity Impact Assessments

HMI Probation have carried out diversity impact assessments for the main processes in our main regular inspection programmes – the Offender Management Inspection (OMI) and the Youth Offending Team (YOTI) programmes. They are available from the links below.

Use of Area and Regional Assessors (PDF 0.03mb)


Case sampling guidance (PDF 0.08mb)

Planning meeting guidance (PDF 0.08mb)

Questionnaires for community and prisoners (PDF 0.93mb)

Scheduling guidance (PDF 0.08mb)

Victims questionnaire (PDF 0.09mb)


Case sampling guidance (PDF 0.08mb)

Planning meeting guidance (PDF 0.08mb)

Scheduling guidance (PDF 0.08mb)

If you have an enquiry or request, you can email us at HMI Probation.

HM Inspectorate of Probation


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