Regime information for Cookham Wood Prison


Each young person that comes into Cookham Wood will have a comprehensive induction that aims to prepare them for a stay within the establishment. They will meet and work with specialists who will identify and help young people with specific needs before they start going to college.


HMYOI and the Education provider NOVUS offer 30 hours education to each young person.

NOVUS have developed Pathways for each young person to follow. The Pathways cover a range of subjects including:

  • Painting and decorating – multi skills
  • Community projects
  • Lower and Higher Functional Skills
  • Drama
  • Music Technology
  • Art
  • Employability
  • Horticulture
  • Catering
  • Prison Radio
  • Computing
  • Business
  • Healthy Living
  • Sport and Fitness
  • Life Skills (Resettlement) with peer mentoring and work opportunities also available
  • Barista (in planning)
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Effective Thinking Skills
  • Induction
  • Humanities – Project Based Learning
  • Engineering

All courses have maths, English, ICT and PSHE embedded. The Pathways allow young people to gain worthwhile qualifications, support all levels of learning with potential to progress onto possibly working in the community (ROTL) prior to release.

When not undertaking education, young people in our care will have access to a range of facilities. These include access to:

  • recreational PE
  • enrichment activities
  • social visits
  • chaplaincy services
  • telephones to maintain family contact
  • showers
  • time in the open air

Physical Education

The Physical Education Team offer young people access to 3 hours of PE per week as part of the education 30 hours.  These 3 hours will include each young person getting the opportunity to complete a variety of qualifications which will give them 12 CPD (Continuing Professional Development) points which can be taken into the community to help further their education and training in the health and fitness industry.  The Physical Education Team also work alongside the Education Department to deliver a qualification in health and fitness.  PE also offers a variety of short courses which include positive role model, team work and leadership and work towards addressing violence and aiding in rehabilitation and re-integration into society.  Young people also have the opportunity to attend evening sport clubs and recreational PE on the weekend.  The dedicated PE Team are working towards opportunities for young people to use the ROTL scheme, to work with PE staff and external clubs engaging in positive activities towards their release.


HMYOI Cookham Wood provides type 2 healthcare facilities.

The healthcare is now commissioned by NHS England. (Kent, Surrey and Sussex).

Healthcare providers

Primary Care: Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services: Central North –West London

Substance Misuse Service: Open Road


Primary Healthcare services are delivered by a nurse led team supported by medical staff and visiting specialists in the Healthcare Centre.

A range of services are available on a daily basis between 07:00 hours and 21:00 hours (07:45 – 19:30 at weekends).  There is no in-patient provision.

Young people have access to the following clinics:-

  • GP
  • Dentist
  • Optician
  • Podiatrist
  • Physiotherapist

Additionally, nursing staff provide clinics for:-

  • Long term conditions
  • Triage
  • Vaccination
  • Health Promotion
  • Sexual Health
  • Oral Health

amongst others.

Health and Wellbeing

The Health and Wellbeing team is a general and specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) team, who support the mental health and emotional well-being needs of young people at Cookham Wood. It is a team of nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, and other specialties provided by Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.

All young people will be seen by the Health and Wellbeing Team within three days of arriving at Cookham Wood, to explore whether they are experiencing any mental health or emotional difficulties. Where appropriate they will be referred to a member of the team that is best suited to meet their needs. Young people can also make self-referrals, and can be referred by another member of staff within the prison if concerns are raised at any point.

The Health and Wellbeing Team offer individual, group, and family therapy interventions, designed to meet the specific needs of each young person.

The team also work alongside other skilled professionals within the prison including casework and prison staff, offering a collaborative approach to support the young person.

Integrated within this service is a distinct psychology led ‘Sexual Behaviour Service’ that provides assessment, risk evaluation and interventions for young people who are victims and /or perpetrators of sexually harmful behaviours.

The team are committed to offering a compassionate, respectful, age appropriate service to improve the quality of lives for the young people at Cookham Wood.

Drugs Strategy

The young people’s Substance Misuse Service (YPSMS) (Open Road) assess the individual needs of each young person entering the establishment within 5 days.  The young person is then allocated a substance misuse worker, if required, or they will be offered group work for the remainder of their sentence to assist with any issues arising from their assessment.

Alongside 1-1 support, the YPSMS team run a vast range of group work for young people including drug and alcohol awareness, cannabis awareness, stimulant awareness, overdose prevention, acquiring resilience (harm reduction) and a clinical intervention is available for those who need it, provided by Forward Trust.

The service has strong community links and therefore any work that the young person requires upon release is passed onto the relevant services to ensure a seamless through care process is provided for the young person.

The Governor and staff are wholly committed to the reduction of illegal drug use in the establishment, to provide a safe and healthy environment for those who live and work there. All reasonable measures are used to reduce drug misuse within the establishment.

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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