Monthly Talk 2nd Sptember

PRISONS IN ENGLAND AND WALES

SPEAKER: Charlie Taylor

This month our speaker is Charlie Taylor who will talk about his role as the new HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (appointed from Nov 2020).

Until last year he was an adviser to the Department for Education on the development of new school-based behavior hubs, and has been the Chair of the Youth Justice Board. He has been the Chief Executive Officer at the National College for Teaching and Leadership; and has been an Expert Advisor to the DfE on children’s behavior.

He has twenty-five years’ experience within education having taught in both Primary and Secondary schools in inner London.

His work in these fields and his longstanding interest in youth justice, led in 2015, to being commissioned by the government to conduct a review into the Youth Justice System in England and Wales. One outcome of his review was the introduction of secure schools, the first of which is set to open in December 2022. However, it is interesting to note that in 2020 he published a critical review of the current youth justice system. So there is still work to do.

The Chief Inspector's role is informed by the four key areas of a ‘healthy prison’ – safety, respect, purposeful activity and rehabilitation & release planning.

Charlie Taylor has commented that - The inspectorate has an international reputation as a fearless, independent organisation that provides expert scrutiny of our prisons, immigration detention centres, police cells and court detention.

Today’s talk and your questions will explore some of the issues around our prison system and his important role as Chief Inspector.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Charlie Taylor was appointed Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of prisons for both England and Wales in November 2020.

Until then he was an adviser to the Department for Education (DfE) on the development of new school-based behaviour hubs. Prior to this, Mr Taylor was the Chair of the Youth Justice Board. In 2015 he was commissioned by the Ministry of Justice to conduct a review into the Youth Justice System in England and Wales; in 2012 he was the Chief Executive Officer at the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL); and in 2011-12 he acted as an Expert Advisor to the DfE on children’s behaviour.

He has twenty-five years’ experience within education having taught in both Primary and Secondary schools in inner London. He has a longstanding interest in youth justice.