The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) is considering the recommendations made in HM Inspectorate of Prisons' (HMCIP) report on HMP and YOI New Hall published on
The national policy on full searching prisoners under restraint is contained within Prison Service Order (PSO) 1600, Use of Force. It is lawful for all prisoners, including women, to be forcibly full searched and for their clothing to be cut off them as part of the search. However, this should only be done when it is absolutely necessary, where there is no alternative and with the authority of the duty governor or supervising officer in charge.
Since the HMIP inspection, HMP and YOI New Hall has reinforced the specific techniques on how and when to remove clothes from prisoners without the need to cut them off in ongoing control and restraint training and also via a notice to staff which clarifies the process.