COVID-19 Information Hub

          

  

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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.

 

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 06/07/20, there are currently 6 individuals who are self-isolating across 4 establishments. There are no confirmed cases of COVID across the estate.

COVID Weekly Update 

Friday 3 July 2020, Prison Population 7004

Establishment

Number of individuals self-isolating*

Number of confirmed cases*

HMP Addiewell

<5

0

HMP Barlinnie

0

0

HMP& YOI Cornton Vale

0

0

HMP Dumfries

<5

0

HMP Edinburgh

<5

0

HMP Glenochil

0

0

HMP & YOI Grampian

<5

0

HMP Greenock

0

0

HMP Inverness

<5

0

HMP Kilmarnock

0

0

HMP Low Moss

0

0

HMP Open Estate

0

0

HMP Perth

<5

0

HMP & YOI Polmont

0

0

HMP Shotts

0

0

TOTAL

9

0

 

*Please note that where the numbers are less than 5, they have been denoted as <5 to avoid possible identification of individuals.

 

Weekly staff absence update

On Friday 3 July 2020, there were 554 members of staff absent across the SPS. This represents 12.5% of the total workforce. 

 In total 238 staff, 5.4% 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.

8 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 (June 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