NPM 2018-19

NPM ASSISTANT COORDINATOR ROLE

The NPM is seeking an Assistant Coordinator to join the NPM team in April 2019. This will be a part-time role for 2.5 days per week on a temporary contract for up to 12 months. The NPM is currently seeking extra funding to increase the role to a full time permanent position in the near future and the post-holder would be eligible to apply for the full time, permanent position.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone looking to work on detention issues and the implementation of the international human rights framework in domestic policy and practice. The NPM has a small staff and therefore the Assistant Coordinator plays a crucial role in the day-to-day running of the NPM, working with a large number of stakeholders at various levels, and contributes substantively to joint projects.

Full details are available here and applications close Monday 18 February 2019 at 11.55am (but may be closed early if a successful candidate is identified prior to this date).

 

PUBLICATION OF NPM NINTH ANNUAL REPORT 2017-18

The NPM’s Ninth Annual Report was published on 29 January 2019. It gives an overview of the inspection and monitoring findings of the NPM’s 21 member organisations, who work across all places of detention in the UK. The report highlights concerns about the safety of detainees and improper use of restraint on vulnerable detainees.

The publication of the report comes ahead of the NPM’s 10th anniversary on 31 March 2019 and a year of scrutiny of the UK by the Committee against Torture in its periodic review of the UK followed by a visit from the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture.

NPM Chair John Wadham commented on the report.

 

PUBLICATION OF NPM DETENTION POPULATION DATA MAPPING PROJECT 2016-17

On 24 January 2018, the NPM published the results of a project to map the detention population across the UK between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017.

To perform its functions effectively, the NPM requires information about where and how many people are detained including in prisons, immigration centres, secure settings for children and young adults and psychiatric hospitals. To provide an overview of detention across every setting in the four jurisdictions of the UK, the annual data mapping project brings together existing population data and highlights what is missing. This year data has also been sourced on the number of deaths that occurred in or following detention across the UK.

NPM Chair John Wadham commented on the findings.

 

CPT REPORT ON DETENTION IN THE UK

On 19 April 2017, 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.