Prison Officers: Ethnic Groups

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 8th September 2021.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to Recruitment diversity statistics June 21, published on 19 August 2021, if he will make a statement on the Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service's commitment that 14 per cent of new prison officer recruits would come from BAME backgrounds by December 2020.

Photo of Alex Chalk Alex Chalk Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

In response to recommendation 28 of the 2017 Lammy Review, HMPPS remains committed to achieving a target of 14% of all staff recruited being from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background.

The proportions for offers formally accepted by BAME candidates for prisoner officer roles varied each quarter between December 2019 and March 2021 ranging from 8.7% to 32.0%.

HMPPS regularly reviews and evaluates candidate performance during the prison officer recruitment process for fairness and efficacy and no adverse impact has been found against any group participating in the prison officer recruitment process at any stage of the recruitment process, including BAME candidates. We continue to recruit prison officers and tailor our marketing and attraction to increase diversity of applications. HMPPS is targeting prisons where there is disparity between the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic workforce population and the local population through using an enhanced recruitment approach.

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