Regime information for Deerbolt Prison

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Reducing reoffending function

The reducing reoffending function works with a range of providers with the aim of providing those leaving HMYOI Deerbolt with the best opportunity of living crime free lives.

The learning and skills provision is delivered collaboratively by HMYOI Deerbolt and the Manchester College.  National Careers Service provide advice and guidance on induction and if a prisoner decides on a career change.

The establishment and the Manchester College deliver a range of part-time and full-time provision in Deerbolt College and work based learning areas. Learners have the opportunity of finding positive education, training and employment destinations following release. 

A range of vocational courses including Introduction to construction, bricklaying, plastering, joinery and painting and decorating offer a stepping stone to those who wish to continue and progress into the construction business. Other courses include environmental studies, industrial cleaning and waste management. A range of Employability courses are also offered to enhance the learner’s employability skills ranging from information technology qualifications to interview skills.

The laundry is accredited with the laundry guild and offers real work opportunities. The print shop has been developed as a business using inter-prison work as training and external work as business.

English and maths intervention is offered from entry level 1 to level 2 with opportunities available to all learners throughout the establishment. For those learners who need additional support, HMYOI Deerbolt has a number of volunteers who give a few hours of their time to work 1:1 in adult support. Specialist skills for life tutors liaise with some vocational areas to plan and embed literacy and numeracy within other curriculum areas to enable further progress, developing the skills required in the workplace.

A charity workshop is available on site which undertakes small batch work for a number of organisations and is a valuable resource in terms of its ability to increase the self-esteem of vulnerable prisoners.

The Catering Department employs a total of 28 prisoners across two sites.  The department provides very high quality food to the whole prisoner population, buffets to prison/staff groups at a reasonable cost and prisoners are given the opportunity to gain catering qualifications.

A land based activity department is in place within the establishment and employs 30 prisoners within gardens and waste management. It contributes to ensuring that HMYOI Deerbolt’s grounds are a pleasant environment for prisoners and staff, maintains the sports fields for prisoner use, provides qualification opportunities and supplements the catering department with high quality home grown vegetables. The waste management recycles all the waste that is generated from the establishment ensuring a cleaner environment.
Specific work to help prisoners progress to finding employment or employment related training after release is provided by PPDG (Pertemps People Development Group), NCS (National Careers Service) and Jobcentre Plus, all of whom have employment related input into the regime.

Accommodation and financial advice is provided by Shelter staff and also peer workers recruited by Shelter. All receptions are seen within 4 days in order to identify as early as possible any urgent needs regarding debt or accommodation issues. Advisors will also try to link prisoners with community based agencies who will help to ensure that support is continued after release.

The Offending Behaviour Department ay HMYOI Deerbolt currently runs the Thinking Skills Programme (TSP).  The main goal of TSP is to reduce reoffending and the programme does this by developing participants’ thinking skills which is done by targeting certain areas of a person’s “thinking”.  Throughout the programme the main focus is always on helping participants to develop their thinking skills and to use those skills to identify and manage personal risk factors, develop personally relevant protective factors and to achieve pro-social goals linked with relapse prevention. During 2015 the department will begin delivering the Resolve Programme which is a violence reduction programme. This helps participants by looking at understanding aggression, their thinking and attitudes, how they manage their emotions and deal with conflict and their lifestyles.  The programme looks at relapse prevention in order to try and help participants move away from any use of violence they may have used as an ‘option’ in the past.

The small Multi Faith Chaplaincy Team is firmly embedded into the whole of Deerbolt.  As well as providing for the faith needs of all prisoners, the team has a specific resettlement brief and has made excellent links with community organisations to help the resettlement work of the prison. 

The Drug and Alcohol Recovery Team (DART) are a multi-disciplinary team of providers including Care UK, Addaction, NECA and Lifeline Project.  The non-clinical team provide 1:1 and group work, psychosocial brief interventions and structured day programmes.  Interventions include Alcohol Recovery Programme, Recovery Skills Programme (drugs) and SMART Mutual Aid Groups.

The Recovery Wing provides a safe, decent and stable environment helping individuals to address their problematic substance misuse.  Residents receive continuous support through regular key work sessions, peer support and mutual aid groups.  An important key feature of the Recovery Wing is family conferencing where family members are invited onto the wing to discuss progress and support recovery.

The Physical Education Department at HMYOI Deerbolt plays a vital part in offering an exceptionally high quality purposeful activity for young offenders.  As well as recreational physical activity, they offer a wide range of recognised qualifications that help prisoners with resettlement back into the community such as Substance Misuse, Alcohol Awareness, Exercise and Fitness Studies, Mental Health Awareness, Diet and Nutrition, Central YMCA Qualification and First Aid at Work.  The gymnasium consists of one large weights room, a fitness studio, and one large sports hall delivering a range of sporting activities. There is a 9-aside astro turf pitch located on the sports field and 2 full size football pitches.  There are also 2 substantial sized classrooms consisting of interactive white board.

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