Training of prison staff

Questions for monitors

What training do prison staff receive upon appointment?

Is training participatory and does it include theoretical and practical components?

Does initial training cover the human rights principles that underpin prison work?

Do prison staff perceive that the initial training provided them with the knowledge, attitude and skills necessary for performing their job?

Are staff provided with regular further professional development opportunities throughout their career?

Do all staff have equal access to on-going training opportunities (are there any indications of discrimination in access)?

Do managers (prison director and deputies) receive extensive training in the management skills necessary for their role?

How do prison staff perceive the nature/usefulness of training they have received? Are there areas in which prison staff perceive they are lacking/would benefit from further training?

What is the style/nature of prison staff training (respectful, constructive, negative or abusive?).

Are there discrepancies between the message conveyed during training on how to treat detainees and the “way things are done” in reality in the prison?

women
foreigners
disabilities
minorities
children

Do all prison staff receive equality and diversity training on how to respect the rights and meet the needs of groups of detainees in situations of vulnerability?

disabilities

Do all prison staff receive disability awareness training?

Do all prison staff receive training on respecting the rights and meeting the needs of LGBTI detainees?

minorities

Do all prison staff receive training in cultural diversity, to help them understand different cultures and adopt appropriate, non-discriminatory behaviour and language?

foreigners

Do prison staff working with foreign national detainees receive training on how to respect the rights and meet the specific needs of these detainees?

women

Do prison staff working with women receive training on the gender specific needs and human rights of women in prison?

children

Are prison staff working with children trained on the rights, special considerations and protection needs of children in prison?

Do technical staff (medical doctors, teachers etc.) receive training on the specificities of their role in prison, including their ethical obligations in this context?