MP Stephen Metcalfe questions support for prison officers

Stephen Metcalfe

THE MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, Stephen Metcalfe rose on the floor of the House of Commons to ask a question regarding prison officers.

Stephen Metcalfe (Conservative, South Basildon and East Thurrock)

Q. What progress the Government has made on improving training and support for prison officers.

Robert Buckland The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

A delivery review of the Prison Officer Entry Level training (POELT) course has culminated in the development of a Level 3 Custody and Detention Officer Apprenticeship. New learning methodologies will have greater focus on practice of the knowledge, skills and behaviours relevant to the Prison Officer role whilst also recognising the need for continuous training outside of the classroom. Two checkpoints will be included during this time where Apprentices will return to an L&D centre for further learning.

This will give new prison officers the confidence to carry out their role safely. The Apprenticeship will be launched in early adopter sites from October 2019. All training is reviewed regularly to ensure it reflects current organisational policies and practices. New courses are developed based on requests from Stakeholders within the organisation.

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