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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S5W-08318
Asked by: Douglas Ross, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Date lodged: 22 March 2017


To ask the Scottish Government what training existing independent prison monitors have received.

Current status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 18 April 2017


HM Chief Inspector of Prisons has drawn up detailed Guidance on Monitoring for Independent Prison Monitoring which has been reviewed and signed-off by the Prison Monitoring Advisory Group.

In addition to this independent prison monitors receive core HMIPS monitoring training, core SPS training (comprising personal protection training, suicide risk management, key training and local induction), Human Rights training and in-role training by the prison monitoring co-ordinator and other more experienced independent prison monitors. Separate local training is also arranged on the basis of local teams’ needs.