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The safety and wellbeing of those living and working in our prisons is a priority for the Scottish Prison Service (SPS). We are working with the Scottish Government, Health Protection Scotland, our NHS colleagues and a range of other partners on a daily basis to manage the unprecedented challenges we are all now facing.

The SPS has robust pandemic plans in place which are implemented on a phased basis in response to escalation demands. We continue to follow public health advice, which means that anyone in our care who displays symptoms of the virus will be asked to self-isolate, as well as those how may have been in contact with that individual.

VISITS PAUSED AT SCOTTISH PRISONS

24th September 2020

In the light of the additional restrictions announced by The First Minister on Tuesday, the Scottish Prison Service is pausing all family visits to all Scottish Prisons from midnight tonight. Visits are being paused pending the receipt of definitive health advice . This advice is expected imminently and further updates will be provided as soon as possible.

TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF VISITS AT HMP SHOTTS

11th September 2020

 

Following advice from NHS Lanarkshire's Health Protection Team and the Scottish Government we are suspending visits to HMP Shotts from midnight tonight.

HMP Shotts is regarded as a household and is within the area covered by the recent restrictions in place in Lanarkshire. Visits to HMP Barlinnie and HMP Low Moss also remain suspended.

In addition, individuals from the restricted areas - North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, Glasgow City, West Dunbartonshire, East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire - should not visit any Scottish prison.

Virtual visits and access to telephones remain available.

These arrangements will be kept under review and further information will be posted when it is available.

 

 

CHANGE TO VISITING ARRANGEMENTS

11th September 2020

 

Following yestedays announcement by the government, the rules on people meeting together are changing.  

From Monday 14 September it will only be possible for people from two households to meet together. As a result, we have had to make a change to visits and visitors from only one household will be permitted to visit an individual in our care at a time.

The number of people who can visit remains unchanged.

Visits to HMP Barlinnie, HMP Low Moss and HMP Shotts remain suspended at this time.

These arrangements do not affect Virtual Visits.

 

TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF VISITS AT HMP LOW MOSS 

8th September 2020

Following advice from Greater Glasgow & Clyde Health Protection Team and the Scottish Government we are suspending visits to HMP Low Moss with immediate effect.

HMP Low Moss is regarded as a household and is within the area covered by the recent restrictions. Visits to HMP Barlinnie also remain suspended.

In addition, individuals from the restricted areas - Glasgow City, West Dunbartonshire, East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire - should not visit any Scottish prison.

Virtual visits and access to telephones remain available.

These arrangements will be kept under review and further information will be posted when it is available.

 

TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF VISITS AT HMP BARLINNIE

2nd September 2020

 

Following advice from Greater Glasgow & Clyde Health Protection Team and the Scottish Government we are suspending visits to HMP Barlinnie with immediate effect.

HMP Barlinnie is regarded as a household and is within the area covered by the recent restrictions.

People coming from the affected areas – Glasgow City, West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire – should not visit any Scottish prison.  

These arrangements will be kept under review and further information will be posted when it is available. Please note that virtual visits are unaffected by these changes.

 

RESUMPTION OF PHYSICAL VISITS

 

It’s been 17 weeks since we made the difficult decision to suspend physical visits and, since then, we have been working on ways in which we can support and maintain family contact. We are happy to announce that physical visits across the entire prison estate will be available by Monday 3 August 2020.  

In planning for this, our key consideration has been to ensure that the changes we make are appropriate and safe.

We know that you will be anxious to see your loved ones in person again. However, the threat of the virus has not gone away, so visits cannot simply return to ‘normal’.

We continue to follow the current guidance from Scottish Government and Health Protection Scotland, and, in order to keep us all safe, will be implementing some changes to visits, including the number of people who can visit.  These will be kept under review as we move forward.

We understand that you will have a number of questions regarding how visits will operate in practice and the Q&A below is designed to help. Information sheets for individual establishments detailing visits times and booking processes are also below.

Resumption of Visits Q&A

HMP Addiewell Visits Information July 2020 

HMP Barlinnie Visits Information July 2020 

HMP & YOI Cornton Vale Visits Information July 2020 

HMP Dumfries Visits Information July 2020 

HMP Edinburgh Visits Information July 2020 

HMP Glenochil Visits Information July 2020 

HMP & YOI Grampian Visits Information July 2020 

HMP Greenock Visits Information July 2020 

HMP Inverness Visits Information July 2020 

HMP Kilmarnock Visits Information July 2020 

HMP Low Moss Visits Information July 2020 

HMP Open Estate, Castle Huntly Visits Information July 2020 

HMP Perth Visits Information July 2020

HMP Polmont Visits Information July 2020

HMP Shotts Visits Information July 2020


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Virtual Vists Mythbusters

 

 

PUBLICATION OF SPS' COVID 19 ROUTE MAP

The SPS is pleased to publish our COVID 19 Route Map which is guided by the Scottish Government's own plan. This plan represents a series of connected, and carefully controlled steps which will be taken to ensure that SPS can move forward, whilst acknowledging the measures we will have to continue to take, such as physical distancing and handwashing to help prevent the spread of the virus or further outbreaks occurring. The SPS will continue to be subject to scrutiny by the independent Inspectorate of Prisons in Scotland and to be accountable to Parliament.

The plan, and underpinning Physical Distancing guidance, focus on the transition from Phase 1 to Phase 2 and from Phase 2 to Phase 3.

Our organisational progress and establishment regime development is premised on:

a) having the appropriate level of staff resource available to safely make these changes for all who live, work and visit our prison estate; and

b) having a full suite of health and safety assessments which underpin safe working. 

Based on this approach, it may be the case that the SPS will have to move at a different pace from wider society. We will provide more detailed guidance around key dates and what they mean in due  course. Please  note that the Route Map is a dynamic docuemtn subject to flex dependent upon changes in guidance and advice.

SPS COVID 19 ROUTE MAP

SPS COVID ROUTE MAP EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

PHYSICAL DISTANCING GUIDANCE

 

PUBLICATION OF DATA

 

Early Release Data

The Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 provides new powers for the early release of a specific class of prisoners held in Scottish prisons. Our Early Release Tranche 1, 2 & 3 Reports are available via the links below.

ER Tranche 1 Report

ER Tranche 1 Report Tables (Excel)

ER Tranche 2 Report

ER Tranche 2 Report - Tables

ER Tranche 3 Report

ER Tranche 3 Report - Tables (Excel)

 

  COVID Daily Update

As at 18/09/2020 there are currently 5 individuals who are self-isolating across 3 establishments.

COVID Weekly Update 

Friday 18 September 2020, Prison Population 7418

There were 5 individuals who were self-isolating in 3 different establishments.

 

Establishment

Number of individuals self-isolating*

Number of confirmed cases*

HMP Addiewell

0

0

HMP Barlinnie

<5

0

HMP& YOI Cornton Vale

0

0

HMP Dumfries

0

0

HMP Edinburgh

0

0

HMP Glenochil

0

0

HMP & YOI Grampian

<5

0

HMP Greenock

0

0

HMP Inverness

0

0

HMP Kilmarnock

0

0

HMP Low Moss

0

1

HMP Open Estate

0

0

HMP Perth

0

0

HMP & YOI Polmont

0

0

HMP Shotts

<5

0

TOTAL

5

0

 

*It is not possible to provide a breakdown per establishment as this may lead to the identification of individuals.  

 

Weekly staff absence update

On Friday 18  September 2020, there were 443 members of staff absent across the SPS. This represents 9.9% of the total workforce. 

In total 55 staff, 1.2% of the total workforce, are currently absent from their work specifically due to reasons related COVID-19.  This includes those who are symptomatic, self-isolating, shielding or caring for family members.

11 of these staff, 0.2% of the total workforce, are reporting to be symptomatic.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

COVID-19 is impacting on all areas of life including those we care for in prisons and their families, our staff, partners and visitors. We have compiled answers to frequently asked questions which we hope you will find useful. Please click on the link below. These will be regularly updated to reflect the current situation.

Frequently Asked Questions (August 2020)

 

INFORMATION FOR SUPPLIERS AND CONTACTORS

Any contractor, supplier or external partner carrying out essential work within, or delivering essential supplies to, our establishments shall, in terms of their health and safety relating to the Covid-19 pandemic, be safeguarded on an equal basis as SPS employees.

The SPS is applying the same social distancing principles that you will find in any public environment, as advised and guided by Health Protection Scotland.

The guidance document below has been produced to provide important information and advice for non-SPS staff entering our establishments.

COVID - Guidance for Suppliers-Contractors v2