I.10.01 Principles of management
- This document provides guidance for you as prison staff about managing trans prisoners.
- Being trans is not a lifestyle and is not a choice. A person’s ability to identify with a particular gender, or no gender, must be respected.
- The principles of the guidance are that trans people in prison are managed in a way which:
- is individualised
- seeks to preserve their dignity, safety and privacy
- enables the maintenance of a person’s gender identity
- is not dependent on the gender of person the prison usually houses.
- Trans prisoner’s management will not depend on whether they have legal recognition of their gender identity or whether they have undergone medical steps, such as hormone treatment, or surgical steps.
- The processes in this guidance are triggered when you become aware that a prisoner identifies as trans or if a prisoner’s gender identity is unclear on initial reception.