Berwyn Prison: Staff

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 23rd January 2019.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers in positions as frontline operational staff at HMP Berwyn (a) by each prison block and (b) deployed in the care and separation unit have (i) less than two years experience and (ii) less than one year experience.

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It is important to emphasise that Berwyn is a new prison, and so no-one by definition could have worked at Berwyn before it opened in February 2017.

The number of band 3-5 officers in post in HMP Berwyn with (i) less than one year experience and (ii) less than two years’ experience is provided in table 1 below.

Table 1: Band 3-5 officers1 in post at HMP Berwyn, by length of service2, as at 30 September 2018

Full-time equivalent

Percentage (%)

Less than one year experience



Less than two years’ experience



1 Includes Band 3-4 / Prison Officer (incl specialists), Band 4 / Supervising Officer and Band 5 / Custodial Managers.

2 Length of service in HMPPS calculated from most recent hire date. Where staff have transferred in from another Government Department or have transferred in through HMPPS taking over a function, length of service is calculated from entry to HMPPS. Although front line staff are assigned to work in certain areas at HMP Berwyn we are unable to breakdown the information (a) by each prison block and (b) deployed in the care and separation unit. All frontline staff could be deployed to work in any part of the prison on a daily basis.

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