Policy and guidance for prison and probation professionals in England and Wales.
Applies to England and Wales
Index and notes
This page lists all current prison service instructions (PSIs). Since 2019, all new prison operational policies are published as policy frameworks.
If the PSI you want is not listed here, check the PSI index. This document lists every PSI issued and includes details of those which have been cancelled, updated or replaced by a policy framework. The index also includes the most up-to-date contact details for the owner of each PSI.
A PSI remains in force until it is formally cancelled, even if the document has passed its expiry date.
Some PSIs are not published here because they are restricted or sensitive. HR and other staff-related PSIs are not published here but are available on your departmental intranet.
If you have any questions about the contents on this page or would like an electronic copy of a cancelled policy, please , email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|05/2018||Prison adjudications policy|
|04/2018||Records information management policy|
|03/2018||Implementing data protection, freedom of information and environmental regulations (PDF)|
|02/2018||Post-incident care (PDF)|
|07/2017||Regime management planning|
|05/2017||Separating prisoners from the general population|
|04/2017||Use of body cameras|
|20/2016||Implementation of equality analysis (PDF)|
|18/2016||Public protection manual|
|16/2016||Information sharing agreements|
|15/2016||Sharing sensitive information with the Parole Board|
|14/2016||Handling prisoner applications to marry or form a civil partnership|
|11/2016||Health and safety management arrangements for manual handling operations (MS Word)|
|10/2016||Consulting on occupational health, safety and fire issues|
|09/2016||Procedures for searching cells, areas and vehicles|
|08/2016||Dealing with evidence|
|07/2016||Procedures for searching people|
|06/2016||Information risk management|
|05/2016||Faith and pastoral care for prisoners|
|04/2016||Monitoring and managing prisoner communications|
|03/2016||Adult social care|
|02/2016||Managing accidents and injuries in prison|
|08/2013||Reviewing the categorisation of high security prisoners|
|04/2013||Early removal of foreign national prisoners|
|03/2013||Medical emergency response codes|
|44/2012||Prison security passes (MS Word)|
|42/2012||Close supervision centre (CSC) referral manual (MS Word)|
|32/2012||Open University higher education distance learning (MS Word)|
|29/2012||The instruction system: the approval and implementation of policy and instructions (MS Word)|
|17/2012||Certifying prisoner accommodation|
|14/2012||Implementation of the service specification for “Manage the sentence: pre and post-release from custody” (MS Word)|
|10/2012||Controlling banned (prohibited) items|
|09/2012||Implementation of the service specification for bail services (MS Word)|
|08/2012||Caring for young people in custody|
|07/2012||Implementation of the deliver accredited programmes specification (MS Word)|
|06/2012||Work and learning opportunities for prisoners|
|05/2012||Process for opening, closing or re-designating workshops and laundries (PDF)|
|04/2012||Enablers of services in prisons (MS Word)|
|03/2012||Allocating prisoners to activities|
|01/2012||Managing prisoners’ money|
2010 instructions and earlier
Some older prison service instructions have been archived by The National Archives and are made available here through the UK Government Web Archive.