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How one-to-one conversations are helping make prisons safer

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Photograph of a key worker at HMP Brixton talking one-to-one with an offender.

The key worker scheme is being rolled out across the entire closed male estate, with prison officers managing around 5-6 offenders on a one-to-one basis. Find out from Prison Officer Leeming how the scheme allows prison officers more time and flexibility to provide offenders with the best chance of engaging in rehabilitation.

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.

‘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.