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.


PROTECTION LEVEL REVIEW - IMPACT ON FAMILY VISITS

20 November 2020


We have been assessing the impact of the recent Scottish Government announcement on Local Authority (LA) protection levels and travel restrictions.

 

LEVEL 3 & 4 ESTABLISHMENTS

For establishments in protection levels 3 & 4, family visits from all LA areas may only be permitted on an exceptional basis. In general, establishments within these areas will consider visits;

  • For compassionate reasons where, for example, there has been a bereavement;
  • To address welfare concerns;
  • Where there is a specific need to support children aged under 18;

Each request for such a visit will be considered on a case by case basis.

  • LEVEL 4

    LEVEL 3

    HMP Addiewell

    HMP Edinburgh

    HMP Barlinnie

    HMP Glenochil

    HMP & YOI Cornton Vale

    HMP Greenock

    HMP Kilmarnock

    HMP Open Estate, Castle Huntly

    HMP Low Moss

    HMP Perth

    HMP Shotts

    HMP & YOI Polmont


LEVEL 1 & 2 ESTABLISHMENTS

 

For establishments in protection levels 1 & 2, family visits will be allowed from people who live in other level 1 & 2 areas.

Visits from those in level 3 and 4 areas are suspended. However, visitors from these areas may be permitted on an exceptional basis. In general, establishments within these areas will consider visits;

  • For compassionate reasons where, for example, there has been a bereavement;
  • To address welfare concerns;
  • Where there is a specific need to support children aged under 18;

Again, each request for such a visit will be considered on a case by case basis.

LEVEL 2

LEVEL 1

HMP Dumfries

HMP Inverness

HMP & YOI Grampian

 

 

Visitors should contact the establishment via the normal visit booking process for exceptional circumstance visits.

Virtual visits remain available in every establishment.

 



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.

 

RESUMPTION OF PHYSICAL VISITS

 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

 Visitor_Centre_Contact_Information

Virtual Vists Mythbusters

 

 

 COVID Daily Update

As at Tuesday 01/12/2020 there are currently 50 individuals who are self-isolating across 8 establishments.

There are 0 confirmed cases of COVID amongst those in our care.

 

 

 

COVID Weekly Update 

Friday 27 November 2020, Prison Population 7524

There were 69 individuals who were self-isolating in 5 different establishments.

As a precautionary measure, a number of individuals were self-isolating after potential contact with a positive case.

There was 1 confirmed case of COVID amongst those in our care

 

Establishment

Number of individuals self-isolating*

Number of confirmed cases*

HMP Addiewell

0

0

HMP Barlinnie

64

1

HMP& YOI Cornton Vale

<5

0

HMP Dumfries

0

0

HMP Edinburgh

<5

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

<5

0

HMP Open Estate

0

0

HMP Perth

0

0

HMP & YOI Polmont

0

0

HMP Shotts

0

0

TOTAL

69

1

 

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

 

Weekly staff absence update

On Thursday 26 November 2020, there were 437 members of staff absent across the SPS. This represents 9.7% of the total workforce. 

In total 71 staff, 1.6% 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.

30 of these staff, 0.7% of the total workforce, are reporting to be symptomatic.

 

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