Standards for Inspecting and Monitoring Prisons in Scotland

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland (HMCIPS), David Strang, has today published the Inspectorate's new Standards for Inspecting and Monitoring Prisons in Scotland.

These published Standards have been drawn up through a process of extensive consultation. They are referenced against relevant law, international and professional guidance, policy and research findings. The Standards articulate what is expected of a well-run prison and contain very clear statements identifying what is important and what will be monitored and inspected. They are designed to assist those who are running prisons and to encourage openness and transparency in the scrutiny of places of detention.

The new Standards are spilt into 10 areas

STANDARD 1:         Lawful and transparent custody

STANDARD 2:         Decency

STANDARD 3:         Personal safety

STANDARD 4:         Health and wellbeing

STANDARD 5:         Effective, courteous and humane exercise of authority

STANDARD 6:         Respect, autonomy and protection against mistreatment

STANDARD 7:         Purposeful activity

STANDARD 8:         Transitions from custody to life in the community

STANDARD 9:         Equality, dignity and respect

STANDARD 10:       Organisational effectiveness

David Strang says:  “I am pleased to introduce these Standards.  They represent a complete revision of the previous standards which were published in 2006, to reflect changes in legislation and practice.  These Standards and the new evaluation system will make it clear, at a glance, the assessment awarded by HMIPS to the various Standards and Quality Indicators”.

HMCIPS assumes responsibility for monitoring with effect from 31 August 2015 with The Public Services Reform (Inspection and Monitoring of Prisons) (Scotland) Order 2015 coming into force.

The first inspection against these new standards will be HMP Glenochil, 16-24 March 2015.