Minister for Justice and Equality Mr Charles Flanagan TD, speaks at the Recruit Prison Officer – Higher Certificate of Arts in Custodial Care (HCCC) Graduation Ceremony, Marino College, Dublin 13th November 2019
13th November 2019
Today, Minister for Justice and Equality, Mr Charles Flanagan TD spoke at the Marino College Dublin on the Recruit Prison Officer Higher Certificate of Arts in Custodial care (HCCC) graduation.
The Higher Certificate in Custodial Care is a two year part-time programme, developed and delivered jointly by the Irish Prison Service and Waterford IT, which is designed to develop the professional competencies of Prison Service staff in working with prisoners. The Higher Certificate of Arts in Custodial Care is intended to facilitate a greater understanding of how officers can confront challenges through the exploration of different subjects including, Resilience, Mental Health, Social Psychology and Human Rights.
Speaking at the graduation Minister Flanagan said “ I congratulate each one of you on successfully completing what I am sure you found to be a very difficult but rewarding course. And I know that completing this course over the past 2 years has not been easy, given that you have had to balance the completion of your education with the demands of what can be a challenging and difficult job.
“I am very confident that each one of you graduating here today has the ability and resilience needed to fulfil the duties of an Irish Prison Officer. Your profession, and the work you do, which in many respects appears unseen, plays a key role in making the lives of every person in this country safer. It is important to note that it is not by locking people up each day that you achieve our goal of a safer Ireland, but it is about the role that each of you play working with prisoners and the hope and inspiration that you can give to them”.
The Irish Prison Service has made significant progress in the delivery of training to existing staff. Not only is the training designed and delivered by experienced operational staff, but a significant amount of training is delivered in the “live” environment of a prison. After the first 6 weeks of training in the Irish Prison Service College, Recruit Prison Officer move to our new training centre in the West Dublin Campus allowing them to complete the final 6 weeks of initial training in a prison environment. This training is accredited by Waterford IT as the Higher Certificate of Arts in Custodial Care.
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