In this context, the phrase ‘minimum standards’ refers to the lowest levels of the recruitment procedure and training that prison officers who work with difficult inmates should complete in order to effectively carry out their duties.
This document outlines a number of issues that should be considered in developing training for such staff. These issues should inform the training provided. It also provides prison service training institutes with an opportunity to compare their current practice with what has been agreed upon by an international panel of experts as the minimum standards.
By adopting these standards an institute can improve the professional practice, broaden the range of skills and professional behaviors acquired by staff, and increase the confidence in and safety of the work they complete.