Irish Prison Service College


The Irish Prison Service College is located on the Dublin Road, Portlaoise, adjacent to the Portlaoise Prison Campus. 

Learning and Development

The Irish Prison Service College is responsible for the planning, coordination, design, delivery, evaluation and recording of all learning and development activities for the organisation staff, including:

· Leadership, management, human resources and induction training;

· Operations and security training;

· Health and safety training;

· Prisoner care training;

· IT, finance and administration training

· Healthcare training;

Facilities

The Irish Prison Service College has a range of classrooms, breakout rooms, meeting rooms, a prison simulation centre, a small library, a small gym, dining facilities and accommodation. In addition to hosting training for our own staff, the College also facilitates organisational and corporate meetings, seminars and conferences for the organisation.

Contact Details

Irish Prison Service College Reception and General Enquires 057-9634800
Email: Olivia at ipscreception@irishprisons.ie

Induction Training

All new entrants to the organisation complete basic induction training at the Irish Prison Service College. The duration of this induction training varies depending on the grade and role with new Prison Nurses and Administrative Staff completing three weeks of training. Recruit Prison Officers complete Semester 1 of a 2 year Higher Certificate in Custodial Care, in the Irish Prison Service College. The remaining 3 semesters of this induction programme are delivered by Waterford IT, in conjunction with the Irish Prison Service College, in Dublin, where all students are posted as Recruit Prison Officers following successful completion of Semester 1. The details of this programme, are outlined below.

Higher Certificate in Custodial Care

The aim of the Higher Certificate in Custodial Care is to develop the character and competence of Recruit Prison Officers so that they can act responsibly and ethically in order to effectively contribute to the safe, secure and humane custody of the people in their care, in accordance with the IPS mission, vision, values and strategic objectives. The mandatory completion of this 2 year programme is intended to:

a. Inculcate in prison officers a values-based approach in their interactions with prisoners;
b. Provide prison officers with the skills to operate ethically and effectively in their role;
c. Develop an understanding of the importance of the role of the prison officer in the care and rehabilitation of prisoners.

Format of the Programme

The format of the programme is as follows:

Year 1

Semester 1

Prison-craft

15 credits

Delivered by IPSC

Communication and Conflict Management in the Custodial Environment

10 credits

Delivered by IPSC & WIT

Learning to Learn

5 credits

Delivered by WIT

Semester 2

Custodial Care Policy and Practice

10 credits

Delivered by WIT

Equality, Diversity and Cultural and Social Awareness

5 credits

Delivered by WIT

Workplace Reflective Practice Project (1)

15 credits

Delivered by IPSC & WIT

Year 2

Semester 3

Ethical Dimensions to Custodial Care

10 credits

Delivered by WIT

Contemporary Healthcare Issues in Ireland

10 credits

Delivered by WIT

Introduction to Social Psychology

10 credits

Delivered by WIT

Semester 4

Human Rights

5 credits

Delivered by WIT

Criminal Justice, Criminology and Penology

10 credits

Delivered by WIT

Workplace Reflective Practice Project

15 credits

Delivered by IPSC & WIT

Schedule for Recruit Prison Officer Training

Semester 1 of the Higher Certificate in Custodial Care will commence on the following dates, for successful applicants from the most recent Recruit Prison Officer recruitment campaign (which closed on 28th July 2016):

· Class 02/2017: 24 April 2017 to 14 July 2017;

· Class 03/2017: 28 August 2017 to 17 November 2017;

· Class 04/2017: 11 September 2017 to 01 December 2017.
Successful applicants should note:

· These dates are provisional.

· Entry onto this programme is dependent on security clearance.

Dave Clarke, Irish Prison Service College Governor

Dave Clarke, Irish Prison Service College Governor

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