W.05 Prisoner physical education and activities

This operating procedure guidance supports the policy requirement to deliver a safe and meaningful physical education and physical activity programme that helps to ensure prisoners are physically fit and able to engage with training and rehabilitation programmes and activity opportunities, while maintaining physical, mental and social wellbeing.

Physical education (PE) and Physical activities (PA) refers to activities which are organised and supervised by Physical Education Officers (PEO) that take place as part of an agreed PE / PA programme.

A prisoner must be assessed and approved to take part in PE / PA activities to ensure they are able to safely participate.

Prison directors must ensure the requirements of the physical education and activity policy are met and ensure there is sufficient support of the sites Physical Education Officer(s) who are key to the delivery, facilitation and implementation of the policy.