Read short scrutiny visit reports.

Short scrutiny visits (SSVs) were introduced in April 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In August 2020, we replaced them with scrutiny visits (SVs), which reflected our updated approach to inspection in light of the changing circumstances around COVID-19.

As of May 2021, HMI Prisons has returned to a programme of full inspections.

Resources

Short scrutiny visits methodology – prisons (158 kB)

Short scrutiny visits methodology – prisons holding women (292 kB)

Short scrutiny visits methodology – immigration estate (285 kB)

Health and safety guidance (315 kB)

HMI Prisons statement 1 June 2020 (PDF) (83 kB)

HMI Prisons statement 8 April 2020 (PDF) (81 kB)

HMI Prisons statement 17 March 2020 (79 kB)