JOB VACANCY (MATERNITY COVER) – SENIOR POLICY OFFICER & NPM COORDINATOR
HMI Prisons is seeking to appoint a temporary (maternity cover) Senior Policy Officer & NPM Coordinator. This is a key post within the Inspectorate, reporting to the Head of Secretariat and working closely with the Chief Inspector. The post is responsible for the coordination of all NPM activities, working closely with the NPM’s independent Chair and members.
The post-holder will be responsible for coordinating internal and external policy work within HMI Prisons and coordinating the work of the UK’s NPM, including providing advice and support to its constituent members. The post holder is required to work with minimal supervision over the substantive elements of the post and will be responsible for managing a Band C Development Officer.
It is anticipated that the split between HMI Prisons and NPM work will be approximately 50:50 over the course of a year.
Occasional travel within the UK and abroad will be required.
This is a 9-month post with the potential for further extension. The start date for this post is mid-November 2017 (subject to security clearance). For further information, please see the Candidate Brief. The closing date for applications is 19 September 2017.
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.