Training is important so prison staff are equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitude to perform their duties well and with respect for the rights and dignity of detainees. Prison work is complex and requires a variety of skills. Many new recruits will not have any knowledge of prison work beforehand. Training is thus part of developing and maintaining a skilled, motivated and committed prison staff workforce.
Prison staff training programmes should include initial training on appointment and regular opportunities for professional development throughout the career. They should be based on a clear understanding of the purpose of prison work and the human right principles that underpin it.