Title: Education of Prisoners
Category: Offender Management
Implement Date: 14 November 2011
Application: Custodial Operations
Ownership: Offender Intervention Services
|2.1||Prisoner study/education requests|
|3.||Screening and assessment|
|6.1||Helana Jones Centre|
|8.1||Cost of participation|
|8.2||Information Communication Technology for study purposes|
To ensure that a prisoner's education and vocational needs are identified through appropriate assessment and that access is provided to recommended education and vocational programs to address those needs.
Prisoner participation in education and vocational programs is based on assessed needs facilitated through a learning plan developed at the point of admission.
Adult education is an education priority and is available at all corrective services facilities.
Programs of education and vocational training must be designed, delivered and assessed to national accredited standards leading to qualifications that are nationally recognised (refer Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF)).
Access to the following categories of education programs must be provided to prisoners in corrective services facilities-
If a particular course or program is not provided at a corrective services facility, the prisoner may request access to that program, or equivalent program, through distance learning. If assessed as suitable, enrolment and participation should be facilitated.
Some courses or competency units/modules of courses of study may not be considered suitable for study within some corrective services facilities or for certain prisoners. This may be due to security or safety concerns regarding course content resources or materials required or inability to attend compulsory residential schools. If this occurs the general manager must make a determination regarding suitability.
The General Manager must consult with the Director, Adult Education, Vocational Education and Training (AEVET) regarding the approval of study requests in which-
With the exception of requests to undertake prohibited research, which is covered by the procedure - Conducting Research, the General Manager, in consultation with the Director, AEVET, must determine when prisoners must make an application to the QCS Research Committee (refer procedure - Conducting Research).
Prisoners must be placed into educational programs based on assessment and identification of their education and vocational needs. Refer procedure - Assessment
All sentenced prisoners in corrective services facilities must undertake a literacy/numeracy screening to identify any literacy and numeracy needs. The object of the literacy/numeracy screen is to provide a quick and simple method of flagging prisoners requiring further assessment to address any language, literacy and numeracy deficits. Literacy/numeracy screening must be conducted during the prisoner's reception into corrective services custody.
If an initial literacy and numeracy screening identifies a language, literacy or numeracy deficit, further assessment must be conducted for prisoners serving periods of imprisonment in excess of 12 months. Prisoners serving periods of imprisonment of 12 months or less may undertake further assessment if it is considered beneficial and subject to resource availability.
Assessments must be conducted as soon as practicable following identification of need and must determine the specific needs and level of support required.
Literacy and numeracy screening and assessment of prisoners on remand may be conducted. This should normally occur-
Information obtained from assessment processes including identified needs from the literacy and numeracy screen, along with other information provided by the prisoner during interview/s, must be considered when developing the initial Offender Rehabilitation Plan (ORP).
Maximum participation by prisoners in the planning and implementation of education plans should be encouraged. Refer procedure - Planning
Education plans must include-
Specific programs must be identified and recommended within the Offender Rehabilitation Plan to enable achievement of the learning objectives.
Prisoners referred to recommended programs may be-
Priority for enrolment in educational and vocational training programs must be given to prisoners recommended to undertake a specific program/s as part of their Offender Rehabilitation Plan.
Records of a prisoner's educational history while in custody should be maintained in IOMS and should include-
Copies of awards and statements of results should be stored on the offender file.
Following the transfer of a prisoner serving a period of imprisonment in excess of 12 months to another facility an education officer at the receiving facility must-
Refer procedure - Review
Prisoners must be referred to education programs in accordance with recommendations contained within their Offender Rehabilitation Plan.
Helana Jones Centre does not provide education services on site. Prisoners who wish to undertake education programs may be referred to existing providers in the community. Any direct or indirect costs will be the responsibility of the prisoner. A nominated corrective services officer at the facility must be responsible for referring prisoners to recommended educational programs.
Individual assessments for each education program participant must be undertaken-
Individual assessment must include as a minimum-
An intervention case report detailing progress and/or exit reports for all education programs undertaken within the period of review must be provided for a review of the Offender Rehabilitation Plan. Refer procedure - Review. Nil participation in education programs recommended in the Offender Rehabilitation Plan must be noted (with reasons if available).
If a prisoner chooses not to participate in a recommended education program due to the financial cost associated with participation in that program then the prisoner should not be penalised by not meeting the recommendation in the Offender Rehabilitation Plan as a result of financial hardship.
A Review Panel may make further recommendation for education programs in accordance with a prisoner's assessed needs.
If transfer of a prisoner to another facility is under consideration the prisoner's Offender Rehabilitation Plan and current program enrolment must be taken into account. Conformity with recommendations and continuity of program enrolment should be observed if possible (refer procedure - Transfer of Prisoners, section “Transfer Decision”).
Except if provided free of charge by Government, an institution, organisation or a person, the cost of participation in education programs must be met by the prisoner. Cost of participation may include-
Corrective services facilities may enter into an agreement with a prisoner to make payment for a part of, or the full cost of, participation with repayment by the prisoner over an extended period of time subject to the-
Prisoners are encouraged to seek alternative/concessionary funding arrangements for participation in education programs if possible (for example, deferral of HELP, scholarships, trusts and financial hardship concession rates).
Each facility must allocate a number of full-time student positions within the facility employment profile. Refer procedure - Remuneration
Referral for participation as a full-time student may be made by-
A prisoner may request full-time student status directly to an Education/Vocational Training Officer.
Participation as a full-time student is subject to a prisoner meeting one or more of the following criteria-
Discretion may be exercised in relation to students who are undertaking a program of education that may not meet the criteria but is considered to be a full load for the particular student (for example, a prisoner from a non-English speaking background who speaks little or no English, a visually impaired or intellectually impaired student).
In accordance with procedure - Remuneration, full-time students will normally commence at level one and may progressively move through to level three. Progression will be subject to suitable attendance, study commitment and assessment reports/outcomes. A full-time student may commence at a level other then level one if special circumstances exist and if in the opinion of the responsible manager this is warranted.
Full-time students should undertake a minimum of 10 hours contact time per week, excluding individual study. At the discretion of the responsible manager this requirement may be waived for tertiary students or if special circumstances exist.
An Education/Vocational Training Officer must submit a recommendation for prisoner participation as a full-time student with approval being granted by the responsible manager.
A structured timetable must be determined for each full-time student outlining daily class attendance and responsibilities. This timetable should include goals for a six-month period or the duration of the program, whichever is shorter. The goals should be established with the full participation of the prisoner.
Participation as a full-time student is dependant on satisfactory progress in those programs for which approval was granted. Performance reviews must occur at regular intervals and at a minimum must coincide with reviews of the Offender Rehabilitation Plan. Refer procedure - Review
Performance reviews must-
The performance review must be recorded on the Intervention Case Report (refer IOMS > Offender File Window > File Contents > Offender Management > Case File > Add New Report > Intervention Case Report).
If possible the administration of education programs must be undertaken using IOMS.
Literacy/numeracy and VET programs provided through the centrally contracted competitive funding tender must be reported as determined by contractual obligation at the commencement of each new contractual period. Facilities must be notified accordingly.
Other education statistics, including VET, Brisbane School of Distance Education (BSDE) enrolments and other external education statistics are required in accordance with various reporting requirements (eg monthly reports, National Corrections Advisory Group (NCAG)) and must be coordinated at a facility level. The reports must be submitted to the AEVET Branch within the nominated time frames.
All face-to-face education programs delivered within a facility must be evaluated for both delivery process and outcomes.
Process evaluations must occur at a facility level and will include as a minimum-
Participants should complete administrative form - Participant's Evaluation of Education Course-
Offender Intervention Services must conduct outcome evaluations of prisoner education programs as required.
Executive Director, Offender Intervention Services