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Following the future leaders of the prison service - part 2

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From left to right, photographs of Bettina Marshall, Sean Williams, Helen Raine

In Part 2 of our HMPPS Senior Leadership Scheme blog post series, we hear from 3 candidates who are now going through their Head of Department placements. Read about their experiences so far in their 3-year journey towards becoming future leaders of HMPPS.

Being shadowed at work by our Prisons Minister, in prison

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Picture of Officer Bowden standing outside HMP Wormwood Scrubs

Prison officer Bowden had the opportunity to show Prisons Minister Rory Stewart what working as a prison officer is really like. Find out what they did, from maintaining the prison landings to talking to prisoners, to get a true taster of what it's like working in the prison service.

Celebrating Black History Month: why we need more diverse prison officers

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It’s Black History Month 2018 and to celebrate, Fiona - a Band 8 governor at HMP The Mount - talks about why it’s so important to have more staff from black and ethnic minority backgrounds working in the prison service.

‘Prison’ on Channel 4 – what being a prison officer is really like

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Prison officer John Matthews

Prison officer John Matthews appeared on Channel 4's documentary ‘Prison’. In this blog post he writes about his behind-the-scenes experiences of filming and what it’s really like being a prison officer.

Advice from award-winning prison and probation officers

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Iain Foskett and Gareth Key

HMPPS are holding their annual awards that celebrate the exceptional work prison and probation staff do every day. We’ve spoken to the 2017 Prison Officer of the Year and the Probation Champion of the Year to find out what advice they’d give to people starting out in their careers.