Date of visit: 19 July 2018
Visit number: 32
Prison type: Young Adults
The prisoners rated the staff, and said relations between prisoners and staff were ‘good’. They liked the amount of time out of cell, and valued the sporting opportunities in the jail, highlighting gym, the playing pitches and the annual sports day. They thought education and vocational training was ‘good’, and gave special mention to the bike shop. The library was ‘excellent’ – they particularly welcomed the regular talks organised for visiting authors. They also praised the healthcare team, mental health support, and drug services. They described visits, including family and parent/child visits, as ‘very good’, liked the ‘2 hours as standard’ length, and rated catering in visits too.
The Officers described ‘really good’ relationships between prisoners and staff, based on the approach and ‘excellent’ The skills required by a Prison Officer to perform their role, in particular regarding the management and care of prisoners skills of staff. They agreed with the prisoners about the quality of education and training on offer, and also praised the library and the talks given by visiting authors. Mental health support and drug services were other positives mentioned by staff.
The managers praised staff, who ‘really cared’, as ‘excellent’. They highlighted the decency agenda ‘embedded in everything’ – and noted the Governor’s monthly ‘decency walkabout’ to monitor this. They said the prison was ‘safe’ with comparatively ‘very low’ levels of violence and self-harm, and felt mediation offered to prisoners after violent incidents played a role in this, while photocopying all mail had helped reduce New Psychotic Substances like the synthetic cannabis ‘Spice’ levels. They, too, rated sporting activities, and singled out the annual sports day, and like prisoners thought visits another positive. They rated healthcare and mental health provision as ‘fantastic’. They also valued the range of reps and mentors, and monthly prisoner consultative committee meetings with the Governor and The senior manager responsible for the wings / residential areas of a prison. The ‘well used’ staff mess and staff family open days were seen as positives for staff.