Career outlook for prison governor
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would lead and manage a team of prison officers to keep people secure when they are in a prison, remand centre or young offenders' institution.
It would also be your responsibility to make sure that prisoners are cared for and that they get support to prepare for life outside prison.
In order to do this job well you would need to be very assertive and able to deal with unpredictable, and sometimes aggressive, behaviour. However, you would also have to be sensitive to the needs of the prisoners in your care.
Your exact duties would depend on the type of prison, its level of security and the age of the prisoners. Larger prisons can have several governors at different grades.
In general, you would:
- Keep the prison secure
- Make inspections
- Carry out disciplinary actions
- Write reports
- Manage budgets and resources
- Make sure the prison meets government targets, for example on inmate welfare
- Work with other professionals, such as doctors and social workers
You might also train prison officers, go to parole board meetings, and chair prisoner admission panels and release boards. There may be opportunities to work in the national headquarters, or within prison service colleges.
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