The National Association of Official Prison Visitors (NAOPV) promotes and helps to maintain the work of United Kingdom Official Prison Visitors. The Lord Chancellor is ex-officio President, and the Association is run at national level by a small Executive Committee elected by OPVs, and also by a General/Membership Secretary who may be an OPV and a member of the Association.

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  • The National Association of Official Prison Visitors (NAOPV) promotes and helps to maintain the work of United Kingdom Official Prison Visitors. The Lord Chancellor is ex-officio President, and the Association is run at national level by a small Executive Committee elected by OPVs, and also by a General/Membership Secretary who may be an OPV and a member of the Association. The Association was formed in 1924, but traces its origins back to 1901, when prison visiting was first officially recognised. In 2003 the Association became a registered charity and "Official" was inserted into the title, which is why some older references refer to the "NAPV" rather than the "NAOPV". The Executive Committee maintains regular liaison with Prison Service staff at national and regional level; contact is also maintained with agencies working with offenders and those having interest in penal affairs. A regular newsletter is sent to all OPVs. The NAOPV is a registered charity and a respected Association which is often approached by the media for information on prison visiting matters and has, more than once, been asked to a House of Commons Committee. The formation of an NAOPV Branch in a prison strengthens the application and independence of OPVs by giving them group identity. Liaison with prison staff widens experience on both sides. The Branch Chairman and Secretary are points of contact for OPVs, prison staff and other Branches in the region. Branches have joint-strength, and are backed by the Regional Secretary, the Executive Committee, etc. to national level. (en)
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  • 1924-01-01 (xsd:date)
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  • The National Association of Official Prison Visitors (NAOPV) promotes and helps to maintain the work of United Kingdom Official Prison Visitors. The Lord Chancellor is ex-officio President, and the Association is run at national level by a small Executive Committee elected by OPVs, and also by a General/Membership Secretary who may be an OPV and a member of the Association. (en)
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  • National Association of Official Prison Visitors (UK) (en)
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