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Prisoners: Females

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN HL3946, tabled on 10 November 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what provision is available to women prisoners aged 18 to 24 for (1) education, and (2) training; and at what age the provision changes.

Answered on

24 November 2021

As set out in the Women’s Policy Framework, all women in prison are given the opportunity to access appropriate education, learning, skills (including parenting skills), and employment. Access to education and training is the same for adult male and female prisoners. Provision does not alter based on age except for those in the youth estate, where the delivery and access to education is a statutory requirement for all children in custody and a key element of the youth custody provision.

As a result of the Education and Employment Strategy significant changes to the delivery arrangements for prison education took full effect from April 2019. As of that date, governors have control of their establishment’s education budgets, determine the curriculum on offer and how it is structured and organised, and decide on education providers. This allows governors of women’s prisons to tailor provision based on the needs of their population.