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.

100. Rehabilitation and preparation for release 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:

  • The rehabilitation needs of the population are clearly understood and there is a strategic approach to developing services which meet these needs.
  • All staff know and share the rehabilitative goals of the prison and understand the contribution they make.
  • A range of opportunities is provided for prisoners to maintain contact with the outside world.
  • Appropriate attention and resources are provided to identify and address prisoners’ offending-related needs and risks.
  • Prison managers work collaboratively with partner organisations to support rehabilitation.
  • The safe release of the most dangerous men is supported by close collaboration with criminal justice system partners.
  • The effectiveness of the interventions provided is rigorously monitored and evaluated. Commissioning and partnership arrangements are adjusted accordingly.

Human rights standards

Human rights standards emphasise the role of prison staff and management in achieving the rehabilitative purpose of prison, and facilitating the reintegration of prisoners. See EPR 72.