Regime information for Channings Wood Prison

The prison provides a range of employment, vocational training and educational opportunities for prisoners. It also provides a number of accredited and non-accredited offending behaviour courses.

The establishment has close links with a number of voluntary and statutory sector organisations providing resettlement services to prisoners. Appropriate activities are provided to help prisoners prepare for release into the community with the goal of reducing reoffending.


Please note that some of the activities that are available for the main prison may not be available for the VPU, and vice versa.


  • Laundry
  • Tailors Shop
  • Wood Assembly Shop
  • Wood Mill
  • Cleaners / Domestics
  • Clothing Exchange Stores
  • Farms and Gardens
  • Kitchen Manufacturing Stores
  • Main Stores
  • Orderly Positions
  • Recycling
  • Works Department

Vocational Training Courses

  • Barbering
  • Bicycle Maintenance
  • Industrial Cleaning
  • Catering
  • Dry-Lining
  • Environmental Services (Recycling)
  • Fork Lift Driving
  • Gymnasium Based Courses
  • Hard Landscaping
  • Horticulture
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Performing Manufacturing Operations
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Radio Production
  • Warehousing


  • Basic Skills
  • Business Studies
  • Customer Services
  • Distance Learning
  • ESOL
  • Information Technology
  • Music Workshop
  • Pre release work skills
  • Functional Skills literacy & Numeracy
  • Entry Level Literacy & Numeracy
  • Wellbeing


The gymnasium comprises a weights/fitness suite, sports hall and sports field. Involvement in certain gym activities may be dependent on employment status and privilege level.


Type 3 Healthcare, (no in-patient facilities) run by Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust. 

Recovery Community
As from 1st April 2013 ‘Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust’ and ‘EDP Drug and Alcohol Services’ in partnership with HMP Channings Wood will provide a new substance misuse ‘Recovery Community’.

The new programme meets the needs of offenders who are dependent on drugs or alcohol. It is an intensive recovery-focused service aimed at making recovery relevant to the individual. The programme lasts from 6 to 15 months dependent on individual need.  It gives the opportunity to work in depth on personal aspirations and goals through a therapeutic group process with the support of peers and a menu of mutual aid options.

The programme is on a stand-alone unit within the main prison location. The unit has 64 beds in double occupancy cells.

Accredited Offending Behaviour Programmes

Core Sex Offender Treatment Programme (CSOTP) the Thinking Skills Programme (TSP), Recovery Community


Association for all prisoners takes place each weekday evening and weekend afternoons, subject to operational requirements. Prisoners are locked up during weekend evenings. Bank Holidays generally run to a weekend routine.


The chapel and multi-faith room are available, and appropriate services and meetings are arranged for all major religions. Evening and weekend groups and Bible studies also take place. Individual faiths may be catered for by consultation with the Chaplaincy team.


Channings Wood employs a pre-bagged canteen system that is run by an outside contractor. Orders are placed on a Monday and delivered on a Saturday.

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