Being a prison officer involves a great deal of skill, specialist training and professionalism. From January 2020, anyone successfully applying to become a prison officer in England will work towards a level 3 Custody and Detention Professional Apprenticeship qualification as they train.
Have you applied to become a prison officer, but aren't sure what happens next? From transferring your ARC accreditation to when you get your uniform - we answer the top 10 common questions asked by you about the prison officer recruitment process.
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.
HMPPS is changing the Recruitment Assessment Day (RAD) to the Assessment & Recruitment Centre (ARC). This change will only apply to candidates who have applied after 15 October 2018. Find out all you need to know about the change.
Nicki Smith is the Governor of HMP Risley, which was one of the first prisons to trial equipping prison officers with PAVA spray. HMPPS are now rolling it out to prison officers across the country. Read her blog post on how PAVA has helped to improve staff confidence and safety in her prison.
Rehabilitating prisoners is one of our priorities. We’re introducing a key worker scheme for all prison officers so that they can provide one-to-one support to 5-6 prisoners each week. Find out more about the new scheme.
Introducing HMPPS Senior Leadership Scheme, this is the first part of a blog post series that'll be following the development of 2018's SLS cohort as they make their 3-year journey towards becoming the future leaders of HMPPS.
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.
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.
Keith is a Youth Custody prison officer, who works with young people aged 15-18. His post provides insight into his inspiring career, providing support to young people, helping them to develop the skills and experience that'll help them lead crime-free lives once released.
Psychology careers at HMPPS offer some of the most interesting, rewarding and impactful work in the field, supporting and understanding ex-offenders and people in prison. This blog post explores what it’s like to work as a Psychologist for HMPPS.