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Custodial care National Occupational Standards consultation

4 June 2013

We welcome the news that Skills for Justice is undertaking a review of the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for the custodial care sector. 

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The review aims to ensure that the custodial care workforce continues to perform competently and effectively. With significant changes in working practices having taken place since the last NOS review in 2006, this is a welcome and important exercise which will ensure that the standards truly reflect the needs and practices of the sector.

The review will evaluate the existing suite of NOS within custodial care and will look to develop new standards in the following areas:

  • lock maintenance
  • security vetting
  • corruption prevention
  • negotiating with prisoners
  • safeguarding
  • security surveillance (including control room)
  • vulnerable prisoners
  • prison chaplaincy.

Skills for Justice wants to hear from custodial care practitioners, learning and development managers, trainers and assessors to help review and develop these NOS. They will be undertaking an online consultation and will be facilitating a number of working groups across the UK to gather views from the sector.

If you would like to get involved and help to shape the NOS for the custodial care sector, contact Jo Blackburn by emailing


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