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Prison Officers (Training)

Volume 974: debated on Wednesday 21 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, in view of the high proportion of prisoners who have mental illness records, he will take steps to ensure that prison officers have some form of training in psychiatric nursing.

Prison officers' initial training includes advice and instruction on handling difficult and disturbed prisoners. Where further training is necessary this is arranged on an ad hoc basis by governors and prison medical officers.