Prisons: Mental Health Services:Written question - 279003

Asked by Chi Onwurah
(Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
Asked on: 18 July 2019
Ministry of Justice
Prisons: Mental Health Services
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answers of 16 May 2019 to Question 255325 and Question 255326 on mental health in prisons, whether the number of prison officers trained in the new suicide and self-harm reduction training is 14,000 or 24,000.
Answered by: Robert Buckland
Answered on: 23 July 2019

All staff who have contact with prisoners are required to undertake training in suicide and self-harm prevention. This includes key workers, who are uniformed prison officers. The training comprises six modules, one of which focuses on mental health awareness.

At the time of the previous answers, more than 24,000 staff had undertaken at least one module of the training, and of those more than 14,000 had undertaken all six, including the mental health awareness element.

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