Prisoners: Disabilities

House of Lords written question – answered on 29th June 2009.

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Photo of Baroness Quin Baroness Quin Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the Bradley review into mental health, they will evaluate progress with, and consider making changes to, the abbreviated two-hour version of the one-day learning disability awareness training course for inclusion in prison officer entry level training, as outlined in the Ministry of Justice's Disability, Equality Scheme 2008—2011.

Photo of Lord Darzi of Denham Lord Darzi of Denham Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

Lord Bradley's review recommends that awareness training on mental health and learning disabilities must be available for all prison officers.

Currently, newly recruited officers receive training in caring for vulnerable individuals in custody. Options regarding the inclusion of learning disability awareness in new entrant prison officer training are currently under discussion with all relevant stakeholders.

In addition, all Bradley review recommendations will be taken forward as part of the remit of the newly established National Health and Criminal Justice Programme Board which meets for the first time on 24 June 2009 and which will publish a national delivery plan in October this year.

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