Long appoints team to review support for prison staff

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Friday, July 31st, 2020

Justice Minister Naomi Long has appointed Siobhan Keating and Gillian Robinson to undertake a Review of Support Services for NIPS Staff Suffering from Mental Health issues.


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Siobhan Keating currently works as a Consultant Psychologist in Belfast Health and Social Care Trust in the forensic learning disability and mental health in-patient secure services, while Gillian Robinson is the HR Director for the Probation Board for Northern Ireland.



Naomi Long said, “I want to support Prison staff in every way possible.

“Which is why I commissioned a focused review of the support mechanisms and procedures in place around mental health issues to establish if there is more we could or should be doing to help our front line staff.

“I want to thank Siobhan and Gillian for agreeing to carry out this important piece of work.



“Prison officers perform a unique and important role in society.

“I want to ensure they have the support they need.

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“I very much look forward to considering the review team’s findings in due course,” the Justice Minister added.

The review will provide a report to the Justice Minister by October 31, 2020.

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