We consider leadership and management only insofar as it has a direct and observable impact on outcomes for prisoners. The term ‘leaders and managers’ may include any member of staff, including those working for contracted services, and the management hierarchy, including commissioners. Our judgements relate to how leaders and managers support or obstruct the achievement of our Expectations. We do not assess leadership and management in isolation, nor do we do so comprehensively. Our judgements will be presented at the end of the relevant healthy prison test summary.

74. Purposeful activity outcomes for prisoners are supported by effective leadership and management.

The following indicators describe evidence that may show this expectation being met, but do not exclude other ways of achieving it.

  • Leaders and managers prioritise the delivery of a full and constructive regime.
  • Access to activities is equitable.
  • Learning is valued and expectations are high.
  • There is a strong work ethic and a focus on rehabilitation.
  • Strong partnership arrangements support education, skills and work activities.
  • The constructive use of free time is encouraged.
  • Education and work placements in the community are actively supported.