Skip to main content

Prisons: Staff

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 200614, tabled on 10 December 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the target number of keyworkers is for each prison establishment to enable it to deliver the keyworker system.

Answered on

13 December 2018

There are no current plans to implement key work in the open estate. Open prisons focus on the testing and reintegration of prisoners back into their communities with increased opportunities for temporary release (on licence) to undertake work, training and engage with services in their communities as well as their families and significant others.

The introduction of key worker activity will be undertaken by Band 3 Prison Officers. As all residential officers will be key workers, there are no ‘target numbers’. Each officer will be looking after a case load of around six individuals. They will meet regularly (on average 45 minutes per prisoner, per week) and provide supportive challenge to prisoners, to motivate them to use their time in custody to best effect.

The introduction of the key worker element of the model is being managed centrally, to allow for recruitment and training to be coordinated at a national level. Roll-out is under way with 72 prisons who have commenced delivery of key work and 18 being fully rolled out at the end of October 2018. The project to manage the implementation of the new model, both key work and case management, is now in its final phase (Implementation and evaluation). It is due to conclude in December 2019.