Independent Prison Monitoring Guidance

The aim of this guidance is to promote consistent and effective independent prison monitoring across Scotland. It explains the laws and procedures that underpin the Independent Prison Monitor (IPM) role, and helps IPMs understand their role and carry out their duties effectively.

This Guidance will be reviewed regularly and updated as necessary, by the Independent Prison Monitoring Advisory Group.

Throughout the PDF documents below there are hyperlinks that will take you to sections of the HMIPS website, where more detail on specific topics can be found.

Additionally here is the link to the HMIPS Case Management System (CMS) Guidance - Independent Prison Monitoring CMS Guidance | HMIPS (