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Apprenticeship training course

Custody and detention officer (level 3)

Ensuring individuals in custody and detention centres are held in a secure, safe, decent and fair environment.

Qualification level
3
Equivalent to A level.
Typical duration
12 months
Apprenticeship category
Protective services
Maximum funding
£3,500
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Custodial Officer
  • Custody and detention officer
  • Detention Officer
  • Escorting Officer
  • Prison Officer
Skills
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Contribute actively to promote a rehabilitative culture
  • Undertake incident management and “ first on scene” response appropriately
  • Recognise and be able to take steps to defuse potential conflict situations
  • Conduct all searching appropriately, examples being the searching of individuals, buildings, vehicles and areas for the detection of illicit or prohibited items
  • Explain processes, procedures and decisions to individuals in custody and detention so that they understand what will happen to them and why
  • Maintain and update documentation, reports, records and supporting systems in-line with local, national and organisational requirements
  • Work professionally within the custodial environment, including maintaining your own professional standards and development
  • Work collaboratively with external stakeholders for example the Police, courts, National Probation Service and Community Rehabilitation Companies
  • Work effectively as part of a team by positively contributing to team dynamics and being a trusted team member
  • Identify risks and respond dynamically, for example carry out fire prevention protocols, or in the case of severe need, carry out a full evacuation plan in co-operation with others

Full information on Custody and detention officer (level 3) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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