Political News Updates

15.06.2014

Prison Service

Sadiq Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many hours of (a) initial and (b) on-the-job training is provided to prison (i) governors and (ii) staff on (A) diversity and equality and (B) issues relating to radicalisation of prisoners; [199478]

(2) what (a) initial and (b) on-the-job training is provided to prison (i) governors and (ii) staff on (A) diversity and equality and (B) issues relating to radicalisation of prisoners. [199479]

Jeremy Wright: A range of equality and diversity training is available to all prison staff. Equalities awareness is also embedded in all business specific learning. The amount of training provided to individuals depends on their identified needs and their role within the prison.

Newly recruited prison officers and operational support grades are introduced to the nine protected characteristics (as described in the Equalities Act 2010) at the beginning of their initial training (one hour session). These are referred to throughout the course, and the learners’ understanding is assessed during specific equalities sessions (approximately seven hours) towards the end of the course.

Training and support from NOMS Security group and Chaplaincy group to appropriate staff forms a key part of NOMS' wide-ranging programme of work to manage the risks of violent extremism and radicalisation in custody. A three-hour module on extremism and radicalisation is delivered to all newly recruited prison officers as part of their initial training. The session raises their awareness of extremism and radicalisation, enabling them to confidently and appropriately identify, report, and manage those prisoners who exhibit extremist behaviours.

In prisons, bespoke training for staff working with extremist prisoners lasts up to three hours and examines the threat of extremism, how to identify those offenders and looks in detail at specific forms of extremism.