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National Independent Monitoring Board Conference

00 00:00:00-00-0000 - Teri Walker
Due to the success of our partnership with HMP Leyhill and services offered to the older prisoners, I was offered an opportunity to speak at the National Conference for Board Members.  This was an opportunity to disseminate good practise and also an opportunity to listen and learn how we can further promote and assist other interested parties in the older prisoner agenda.
The workshop was hugely popular and delivered to over 100 members throughout the day. The conference itself could not accommodate all IMB members (1800) so the ripple effect will no doubt take place as members relay information to other workers in their individual prisons. I was impressed by IMB member’s knowledge and commitment to ensuring a fair agenda for all.  A number of workshop participants had sought information beforehand of exactly what was being done for older prisoners and I have no doubt all will go back with far reaching questions that will hopefully influence older prisoner care and progression.
Although I work in an open prison, there are some general principles transferable to all custodial environments such as; purposeful activity, advice and information, suitable opportunities for exercise, using older prisoners as a resource and ensuring there is a lead responsible for older prisoners.
The conference was a great opportunity for discussion and debate and ultimately useful to a number of people who may help influence older prisoner services throughout the prison estate.

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