Our values and equality and diversity statement


The established values of HM Inspectorate of Prisons are as follows.

  • Independence, impartiality and integrity are the foundations of our work.
  • The experience of the detainee is at the heart of our inspections.
  • Respect for human rights underpins our expectations.
  • We embrace diversity and are committed to pursuing equality of outcomes for all.
  • We believe in the capacity of both individuals and organisations to change and improve, and that we have a part to play in initiating and encouraging change.

Equality and diversity statement

We are committed to creating and maintaining a working environment that is positive about, and supportive of, all equality and diversity issues. We believe that difference and diversity within our workforce strengthens the work we do and the influence we have.

We are committed to becoming an employer of choice by creating an inclusive and supportive working environment where people are treated with dignity and respect and where discrimination and/or exclusion are not tolerated. Our goal is to ensure these commitments, reinforced by our values, are embedded in our day-to-day working practices.

Our long-term vision is to:

  • Have a workforce with the necessary expertise and sufficient diversity to reflect the community in which it operates;
  • Develop a more flexible and supportive working environment which always seeks to include difference;
  • Continue to build a confident and competent workforce who feel valued and heard;
  • Deliver learning and development opportunities to our staff so they are equipped to understand, inspect and make valid and relevant recommendations relating to equality and diversity.

We expect commitment and involvement from all our staff and partners in working towards the achievement of our vision, and to that end we have developed an equality and diversity action plan.

HMI Prisons’ Equality and Diversity Action Plan, 2019-2021 (PDF) (243 kB)