What Deerbolt can offer

The Induction Programme

All prisoners arriving at Deerbolt will initially be located on A Wing, the induction Unit. Staff on A Wing will give induction talks and hand out reception packs, which contain the following:

  • A 2nd Class letter
  • Information booklet for prisoners
  • Information booklet for family/friends
  • Canteen price list

All new inductions receive a shower and phone call on their first night.

A programme has been devised to make integration into Deerbolt life as smooth and informative as possible. The process will include information from the following departments:

Chaplain – To meet any spiritual needs and guidance.
Carats – A one to one interview with drug workers who assess individual needs with a view to addressing any drugs problems.
Librarian – To explain how the library works.
Resettlement – To help with any job related matter.
Pay and Release dates – Explaining the workings of both systems by administration staff.
Gymnasium Staff – One to one interview to address strengths and weaknesses prior to practical gym induction.
Independent Monitoring Board – Talk by a member of the board explaining its workings.
Health and Safety – Explaining safe systems of work and other safety and hygiene issues.
Communicable Diseases/ Men's Health – Talk by a nurse from the Healthcare Department.
Sentence Planning – Setting targets and courses throughout a sentence.
Diversity – information to ensure that all prisoners receive full access to facilities and opportunities and that the whole prison community complies with all aspects of the Equality Act 2010.

The Healthcare Centre

Deerbolt prison healthcare centre

Deerbolt has a fully equipped Healthcare department providing a comprehensive general practice primary care service managed and delivered by Care UK. This includes a full range of out- patient clinics including visiting specialists including a Dentist, Optician, Psychiatrist and Counsellor. Young Offenders have access to the full range of NHS services.

Within the Unit there is a Mental Health Department consisting of a Senior Nurse, Psychiatric Nurses, Counsellors and support workers from Durham Tees Valley Health Trust. Services available include anxiety management, anger management, relaxation, supportive counseling and bereavement counselling.

Outpatient clinics are available; these include mental health, communicable diseases, sexual health, asthma, diabetic and smoking cessation. The department priorities include health promotion advice and treatment of communicable diseases,  vaccinations, clinics, information, and advice.

The Chaplaincy

All religious beliefs and faiths can be catered for at Deerbolt, with regular religious services and classes being organised for the main religions represented and the spiritual needs of prisoners from other faiths being arranged as required. The chaplaincy team can provide help and support too for those prisoners who have no religious beliefs, for example in relation to news of death or serious illness. There is also a Prison Visitors scheme, where prisoners who do not receive visits may apply for a local volunteer to come and visit them.

Weekly services:

Sunday - Church of England and Free Church service
Wednesday - Roman Catholic Mass

Friday - Jumu'ah Prayers

The Chaplaincy team can be contacted by email as well as by phone. 

Deerbolt offers a safe, decent and healthy environment in which young men can serve sentences imposed by the courts. Staff are employed to deliver a pro-active regime aimed at reducing re-offending.

Prisoners are actively encouraged to play a role in the development of Deerbolt by way of Prisoner Consultative Committee which is chaired monthly by the Governor.

Drug Strategy Team

The Governor and the drug strategy team are committed to reducing the risks posed to public safety from those who misuse substances and/or abuse alcohol. It is the teams' intention to contribute to the provision of a safe, secure and healthy environment within which those in our care will have the option to abstain.

We actively promote prisoners' self motivation and participation in treatment by offering such options as; one to one contact with a drug worker, an avenue for access to health care which may include the services of a Community Psychiatric nurse and the option to participate in offence focused programmes.

Health issues are addressed by providing information and education about substance/alcohol abuse and harm minimisation. We can offer pre and post test counselling to those ‘at risk' from communicable diseases and can offer additional support to those most in need by referring them for detoxification or for those nearing their release, a naltrexone support clinic.

Below you will find more information about some of our drug services:

  • Counseling, Assessment, Referral, Advice and Throughcare or CARAT services as they are more commonly known in prisons are provided in conjunction with an independent private sector organisation. We have the framework of a national model to follow which is aimed at brief intervention drug work with prisoners and uses standard documentation so that work can easily be progressed should the client transfer from one establishment to another. Confidentiality agreements exist but there are distinct parameters which prisoners are advised must be observed.
  • New Receptions – Drug Workers conduct a brief interview with each prisoner during his Induction Period usually within 24 hours of his arrival. We complete an initial assessment for those wishing to engage the service and subsequently a Care Plan for those who require one. We provide for the non-clinical treatment needs of the majority of prisoners with substance abuse problems and will take the lead in case managing those who are identified as CJIP clients and collaborate with other agencies in the formulation of release plans.
  • The Drug Recovery Wing – The recovery wing model is based upon the needs analysis and the consistently identified unmet need for alcohol interventions as well as the unique substance misuse needs characteristic of young adult male offenders. 

The aim is to develop recovery capital which has been shown to fall with in 4 distinct types; human, physical, cultural and social.

The development of the recovery wing is based around the principles of SMART Recovery and philosophy of the wing is planned around the 8 defined objectives from the drug strategy 2010:

  • Freedom from dependence on drugs and / or alcohol
  • Prevention of drug related deaths and blood borne viruses
  • Reduction in crime and re-offending
  • Sustained employment
  • The ability to access and sustain suitable accommodation
  • Improvement in mental and physical health and wellbeing
  • Improved relationships with family members, partners and friends
  • The capacity to be an effective and caring parent.

The SMART Recovery model is founded by and assumes a 4-step model, for which tools and techniques are learned and practiced.  The 4 steps are:

  1. Building and maintaining motivation
  2. Coping with urges
  3. Managing thoughts, behaviours and feelings, and
  4. Living a balanced life.

Health Care – We have a health screening process and can offer pre and post test counseling to those ‘at risk' from communicable diseases and can provide a Hep B vaccination facility. There are two clinical-lead substance misuse nursing staff and CPN staff. The latter is beneficial where we suspect cases of dual diagnosis.

Our drug strategy and the provisions of services therein is an affirmation of our commitment to expedite the Governments National Drug Strategy and to support young people with substance misuse problems whilst they remain in our care.

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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