Prison and Probation Service: Training

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 9th January 2019.

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Photo of Ruth George Ruth George Labour, High Peak

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many current HM Prison and Probation Service staff have completed voluntary civil service learning courses entitled (a) mental health conditions and dementia: support for customers, (b) mental health awareness, (c) mental health at work, (d) becoming a dementia friend and (e) well-being, resilience and stress in each of the last three years.

Photo of Ruth George Ruth George Labour, High Peak

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many serving HM Prison and Probation Service staff have passed the end-of-course assessment of courses entitled (a) mental health conditions and dementia: support for customers, (b) mental health awareness, (c) mental health at work, (d) becoming a dementia friend and (e) well-being, resilience and stress in the last three years.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Civil Service Learning data is only available from the 1st April 2016 due to a new learning platform being introduced. Furthermore, Mental Health Awareness is currently not an active course and the data provided below for that specific course is until 31st March 2018.

The total number of Prison and Probation Service staff who have passed the end of course assessment on the courses named below since the 1st April 2016 are as follows:

Total

Mental health conditions and dementia: support for customers

106

Mental health awareness

360

Mental health at work

23

Becoming a dementia friend

90

Well-being, resilience and stress

2313

These courses are additional learning on top of the core training provided to Prison and Probation staff.

In Prison Officer Entry Level Training, there are a number of sessions on Mental Health within this training such as Introduction to Mental Health’, ‘Introduction to Suicide and Self Harm (SASH) Prevention’ and ‘Personality Disorders.

In addition, over 14,000 staff have already received new suicide and self-harm reduction training which includes a module on Mental Health Awareness, in addition to the safer custody training already provided across the estate.

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