Date lodged: 22 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what training existing independent prison monitors have received.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 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.