HM Inspectorate of Prisons’ response to the NPM self-assessment tool

For the past two years, HM Inspectorate of Prisons and the other members of the UK NPM have carried out a self-assessment of their NPM activities, as a way of evaluating their compliance with the different aspects of the formal NPM mandate. By examining their effectiveness across a range of functions, NPM members have been able to identify examples of progress and areas for improvement.

This self-assessment process arose from a tool published in 2012 by the SPT (469.74 kB), which clarified its expectations regarding the operation of NPMs. The UK NPM then adapted the SPT’s tool into a questionnaire which could be used by all 20 UK NPM members in order to assess their work.

To ensure a more robust and challenging process, HM Inspectorate of Prisons’ self-assessment for 2013-14 was peer reviewed externally by representatives from the Human Rights Implementation Centre at the University of Bristol, the Association for the Prevention of Torture and the Prison Reform Trust.

This year, HM Inspectorate of Prisons carried out a process of peer review with HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, its partner for joint police custody inspections.

More information on the UK NPM’s process of self-assessment can be found in its factsheet, NPM self-assessment tool (72.45 kB).

HM Inspectorate of Prisons’ self-assessment for 2014-15 can be found  here: HMIP self-assessment 2014-15 (21.81 kB).