Questions for monitors
What is the demographic of prison officers in the prison (age, educational and professional backgrounds, level of experience, ethnic backgrounds and gender mix)? How does this compare with the population/other comparable public services?
How are prison officers recruited? Are they employed through an application process?
Does the prison have an active and transparent recruitment policy for prison officers, with clear criteria and procedures of selection?
Are there job descriptions for prison officer vacancies? Do these specify selection criteria, including the necessary character, skills and education?
How is information on vacancies advertised and disseminated?
How many posts are there in the prison and how many are currently filled?
Is selection conducted by trained recruiters? What selection methods are used?
Do selection procedures seek to test the personal attributes of candidates including their integrity and humanity, and respect for diversity?
Does the prison promote women and people from minority groups to apply? Are there any indications of discrimination in recruitment?
Does the prison have a published equality and non-discrimination policy which applies to recruitment?
What minority groups are present in the country and among detainees? Are they similarly represented in the prison service?
Does the recruitment process take into consideration the languages spoken among the prison population?
How are initial placements allocated? What is the experience of prison officers in these initial placements?