The NPM agreed the following objectives for its work in 2016–17:
- To strengthen the protection of those in detention through coordinated and collaborative work on relevant issues;
- To comply individually and collectively with the NPM mandate established by OPCAT; and
- To raise awareness of the NPM – institutionally, in the UK, and internationally.
The NPM’s first independent chair John Wadham took up his post early in the business year, members will spend time over the year to induct him and plan future directions for the NPM.
Specific projects that the NPM will undertake during the year include the following:
- Finalise guidance on monitoring isolation in detention;
- Undertake a detention mapping exercise, to identify the number of people detained in the UK at a given time;
- Begin the NPM’s next thematic project on the transitions and pathways between different types of detention, which will focus on: pathways from police custody arising from mental health issues; transitions between children’s and adult’s custodial provision; pathways between secure mental health settings; pathways between prisons/IRCs and mental health settings;
- Work with Bristol University on projects relating to the role of volunteer visiting bodies in meeting NPM obligations and identifying how incidents of ill-treatment are recorded and the mechanisms available to deal with them;
- Submit to the UN Committee against Torture’s periodic review of the UK;
- Develop and implement plans for strengthening NPM governance and OPCAT compliance, working closely with government officials to achieve this;
- Establish the UK NPM twitter feed (@UKNPM).