Date of visit: 21 November 2018
Visit number: 63
Prison type: Category C
Managers noted good staff-prisoner relations, including joint events like ‘quiz & curry’ nights. Safety and drugs were ‘improved’, with A national scheme under which Prison Officers are given training and time to work one-to-one with around six prisoners, aimed at supporting their management and rehabilitation, a restorative approach to incidents, and trained staff & prisoner Violence Reduction team major factors, alongside an Accreditation by the Royal College of Psychiatry for places with “a positive and effective social environment”, “where healthy relationships are seen as the key to success” wing and ‘essentials’ shop (to reduce debt) on reception. They rated a wide range of mentors, elected Committee of prisoner representatives meeting with senior management to discuss issues relevant to the management and care of prisoners in the jail, and full-time ‘engagement lead’ manager. Education & training were ‘excellent’, including Construction Skills Certification Scheme – for construction industry workers www.cscs.uk.com course, PT NVQ, and NVQs for mentors, job fairs and workshop contracts conditional on employing prisoners on release. They highlighted TV channel promoting in-cell learning in prisons www.wayout.tv, family visits, and strong decency focus, aided by a full-time works party. The gym was a positive for prisoners and staff. Staff recognition, regular An informal term referring to a prison’s Governor (or Director in private jails) led staff consultations, monthly training, annual staff-&-families BBQ and staff-family open days, were highlighted, as well as support for staff who’ve been assaulted.
The prisoners valued the Prisoner Council, which they felt was effective, and range of peer support mentors – highlighting in particular the Prisoners trained by Samaritans to provide a listening ear and support to prisoners in crisis, mental health and violence reduction reps, as well as ‘carers’ for sick and elderly prisoners. Support and events for minority groups, involving both prisoners and staff, were another positive, while induction was ‘excellent’, preparing people well and signposting them to training and work, and the Community Rehabilitation Company – providing probation services for low and medium risk offenders led resettlement work (including help with bank accounts, accommodation, CVs & interviews) was also praised.
The Officers praised staff morale and relations between staff, and said Synthetic psychoactive substance, originally marketed as a synthetic cannabis – often used as a generic term for all synthetic psychoactive substances and safety were ‘much improved’. The new staff were welcomed, and they praised a ‘brilliant’ full-time Prison Officer Entry Level Training – generally used to describe Officers under training and recent graduates mentor and extended shadowing and support. They enjoyed the staff BBQ, open days, and ‘free’ Christmas dinner! The ‘enabling environment’ wing was ‘fantastic’, and they rated education & training too.