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Prisoners: Assessments

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what guidance is provided to (a) publicly and (b) privately run prisons on procedures for making assessments of prisoners on entry to prison. (138468)

All prisons, whether managed by the public sector or contracted out, are required to conduct initial assessments of prisoners on their entry to the prison, as set out in the Prison Service Order on Reception (PSO 0500). These include assessments of the prisoner’s physical and mental health, the risk of harm (including self-harm) to the prisoner and others, his or her security status, and any immediate personal needs.

Prison and Healthcare staff on reception in closed establishments use the cell-sharing risk assessment (CSRA) to assess the risk a prisoner could pose to another prisoner in shared accommodation, based on the information that accompanies the prisoner and through a prisoner interview. Guidance is incorporated into the CSRA form and in the guidance packs available to staff on the Prison Service intranet.