Youth Offending Teams – joint inspections

Youth offending teams (YOTs) are provided by local councils to work with young people that are arrested or in trouble with the police; are sentenced with a crime and have to go to court; or are convicted of a crime and sentenced. Although YOTs are separate from the police and the courts, they work closely with:

  • the police;
  • probation officers;
  • health, housing and children’s services;
  • schools and education authorities; and
  • charities and the local community.

HMICFRS works with HM Inspectorate of Probation (HMI Probation) which leads a multi-agency joint inspection programme of YOTs.

Youth offending team inspections

YOT inspections fall into one of two categories:

  1. Full Joint Inspection: targeted inspections of YOTs that are considered to have causes of concern – only a small number of these inspections are carried out each year.
  2. Short Quality Screening : broader inspections focusing on YOT work at the start of the sentence and the pre-sentence report – this programme inspects approximately 20% of all YOTs per year.

HMICFRS, along with HMI Probation and other inspectorates, also contributes to the Ofsted-led joint inspection of child protection arrangements. This programme includes inspections of YOTs.

For further information on YOT inspections please visit the HMI Probation website.




For older YOT inspection reports please visit the HMI Probation website.

Please note: In July 2017 HMIC took on responsibility for fire & rescue service inspections and was renamed HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS). Inspections carried out before July 2017 may continue to refer to HMIC.