NPM 2016-17

CPT REPORT ON DETENTION IN THE UK

On 19 April, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) published a report which examines practices in police stations, prisons, immigration removal centres and mental health detention, after a visit to the UK from 20 March to 12 April 2016. NPM Chair John Wadham welcomes the report, which reflects many concerns of NPM members.

 

ISOLATION IN DETENTION – GUIDANCE PUBLISHED

On the 10 February 2017, the UK NPM published Guidance: Isolation in Detention. This guidance was developed on the basis of the findings of the review of isolation and solitary confinement across detention settings conducted by NPM members in 2014–15, and draws from international standards and best practice. NPM members found wide variations in the practices, procedures, safeguards against harm and experiences of detainees arising from isolation, even when it was applied in similar circumstances.

The guidance provides a framework that NPM members will apply when examining the issue and making recommendations, and aims to improve consistency of approach. It allows NPM members to identify and promote good and improved practice. We hope the document will also inform detention practice and policy.