COVID-19 Information Hub

          

  

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.


IMPACT OF RECENT SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE SPS


6 January 2021


This continues to be a challenging time for everyone living and working in our prisons with the necessary regime restrictions in place to help prevent the spread of infection.

At this time, we have been advised that court business is continuing as normal, as are Parole Tribunals. We are also working to ensure that access to education, work, programmes and progression can continue where possible, however, this will need to be kept under review depending on local circumstances.

We have again reviewed our family visit arrangements and the current arrangements remain in place. Visits can take place, particularly where there are compassionate grounds. These can include;

  • if you have any concerns about the wellbeing of an individual in our care;
  • where the visit involves a child under 18 who is visiting a parent, grandparent or sibling; or
  • where the visit involves an individual in our care who is under 18

The safety and wellbeing of all those living and working in our establishments remains our priority and, as such, individual establishments may put local measures in place in line with public health advice. Please contact your local establishment should you have any questions or concerns. Virtual visits continue to be available.




REVIEW OF FAMILY VISIT ARRANGEMENTS

17 December 2020


We recognise that this is a difficult time for those in our care as well as their families and friends and we are anxious to do all we can to allow family contact, particularly during this festive season. Virtual visits remain available in every establishment.

We have reviewed our family visit arrangements and we would like to remind you that visits can, and are, taking place in all our establishments, particularly where there are compassionate grounds for these visits.

The safety and wellbeing of all those living and working in our establishments remains our priority. As such, individual establishments may put local measures in place in line with public health advice. This may include a limit to the number of people in the visit room at any one time, or other restrictions.

However, compassionate visits to all establishments will be facilitated regardless of the area you live in. 

Compassionate reasons may include;

  • if you have any concerns about the wellbeing of an individual in our care;
  • where the visit involves a child under 18 who is visiting a parent, grandparent or sibling; or
  • where the visit involves an individual in our care who is under 18

 We intend for these arrangements to be in place until early January 2021, when a further review will take place. Please remember that these arrangements may be subject to change, at any time, depending on local or national circumstances.

 Please contact your local establishment via the normal visits booking arrangements if you have any questions or concerns.  Contact details for each establishment are listed below. Virtual visits can also be booked via the normal process to any establishment in Scotland..

 Establishment Family Contact Support Details

Visitor_Centre_Contact_Information

Virtual Vists Mythbusters

 

 

 COVID Daily Update

As at Friday 15/01/2021 there are currently 108 individuals who are self-isolating across 11 establishments.

A number of individuals are isolating as a precautionary measure after potential contact with a confirmed case.  

There are 13 confirmed cases of COVID amongst those in our care.

 

 

 

COVID Weekly Update 

Friday 8 January 2020, Prison Population 7478

There were 150 individuals who were se lf-isolating in 10 different establishments.

There were 15 confirmed cases of COVID amongst those in our care

 

Establishment

Number of individuals self-isolating*

Number of confirmed cases*

HMP Addiewell

x

0

HMP Barlinnie

x

0

HMP& YOI Cornton Vale

x

0

HMP Dumfries

x

0

HMP Edinburgh

x

0

HMP Glenochil

x

0

HMP & YOI Grampian

x

10

HMP Greenock

x

0

HMP Inverness

x

<5

HMP Kilmarnock

x

0

HMP Low Moss

x

0

HMP Open Estate

x

0

HMP Perth

x

<5

HMP & YOI Polmont

x

0

HMP Shotts

x

0

TOTAL

150

15

 

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

x - Data is not available. Situational reports resumed on 11/01/20 so isolation figures by establishment will be available on 15/01/20.

Weekly staff absence update

On Friday 8 January 2020, there were 512 members of staff absent across the SPS. This represents 11.4% of the total workforce. 

In total 172 staff, 3.8% 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.

55 of these staff, 1.2% of the total workforce, are reporting to be symptomatic.

 

FACE COVERING EXEMPTION CARD

 

Please note any visitor (either private or official) who advises that they have a medical condition which precludes them wearing a mask will now require to show a Face Covering Exemption Card.  If you are unable to provide an exemption card you will be offered a face mask to wear throughout the duration of your visit.  If you refuse to wear a face mask and do not have an exemption card you will not be permitted to participate in the visit.

 

Physical and digital cards are available to request online at www.exempt.scot or via a free helpline on 0800 121 6240.

 

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 document subject to flex dependent upon changes in guidance and advice.

SPS COVID 19 ROUTE MAP

SPS COVID ROUTE MAP EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

PHYSICAL DISTANCING GUIDANCE

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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)

 

 

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 and Contractors Updated September 2020

Face Mask and Face Coverings Guidance