National Preventive Mechanism Guidance – Isolation in Detention

The UK National Preventive Mechanism (NPM), established to fulfill the UK’s obligations under the
Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture, published guidance on the use of isolation in detention in January 2017.

This guidance was drawn from a review of isolation and solitary confinement across detention settings conducted by NPM members in 2014–15, alongside international standards and best practice. NPM members found wide variations in the practices, procedures, safeguards against harm and experiences of detainees arising from isolation, even when it was applied in similar circumstances.