Our programme of regular inspections is informed by an assessment of risk and requirement.  We will continue to conduct inspections but since 2015 no longer undertake follow-up inspections, instead our inspectors visit prisons on a regular basis to check on developments.

We will also conduct unannounced inspections as required. 

Our inspection teams comprise HMIPS staff, those seconded from the Scottish Prison Service and HMIP (England and Wales) and subject experts from other organisations including inspectors from the Care Inspectorate, Education Scotland, Healthcare Improvement Scotland as well as staff from the Scottish Commission on Human Rights.