What the NAOPV does

For prisoners

OPVs have a crucial role in providing a friendly ear for prisoners. They may be told some very personal details about a prisoner’s life which must remain confidential. OPVs are always non-judgemental and are there to be supportive.

For Official Prison Visitors

  • The NAOPV exists to promote, implement and support prison visiting.
  • It supports the work of OPVs locally and nationally.
  • It is recognised by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS).
  • It fosters, supports and co-ordinates the work of NAOPV branches, individual OPVs, Liaison Officers and Prison Chaplains.

However, it should be noted that:

  • The NAOPV is not a pressure or political group and OPVs should never seek to put pressure on prison governors or staff.
  • The NAOPV is a non faith-based organisation and does not promote any one faith or religion.

Food for Thought, HM Prison Lewes, 2018
Paper Flowers on a Red Pot (detail), HM Prison Peterborough, 2019
Back Together, HM Prison & Young Offender Institution Low Newton, 2018
Read and Dream, HM Prison Warren Hill, 2019