Regime information for Glen Parva Prison

Residential Organisation
The Residential function is organised into two separate groups functioning as a Training Prison (convicted prisoners) and as a Local Prison (remand, unsentenced and short term prisoners).

The Training Prison consists of six long-term units for sentenced prisoners including a Resettlement Unit, plus the Segregation Unit.

The Local Prison consists of four residential units including Unit 15 which is a dedicated Induction Unit.

Sentence Management and Reducing Re-offending
Glen Parva works with the Probation Service in utilising OAsys to identify and classify offending related needs. The information in OASys is used to tackle the specific issues that drive a prisoners offending behaviour and is based on the seven pathways. This approach provides a structured risk assessment, which is used to highlight a prisoner's suitability for offending behaviour programmes, education and employment training, and links closely with a prisoner's individual learning plan. All prisoners are assessed by the OASys team at Glen Parva to ensure their specific needs can be met.

The Reducing Re-offending function also includes processes through which prisoners can be resettled back into the community. This work can also involve, subject to risk assessment, release on temporary licence, works experience and sign posting offenders onto relevant job, education or training providers.

Learning and Skills
Glen Parva offers a wide range of vocational training and educational opportunities which promote the growth and development of skills that will assist in finding and keeping employment upon release. There are a wide range of courses on offer alongside practical, skill based training recognised by a broad cross-section of employers.

Allocation to work and education is driven by Individual Learning Plans (ILPs), which link into each individual prisoner's OASys Assessment, with the process being controlled by the Labour Board.

The curriculum offer is outlined below:

Vocational Workshops

  • Trackwork (Permanent Way Rail)
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Motorcycle
  • BICSc
  • NVQ Engineering
  • Tiling
  • Barbering
  • Farms and Gardens
  • Staff Mess
  • Brickwork
  • Carpentry
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Painting Party
  • NVQ Training Kitchen
  • Fork Lift Truck

Production Workshops

  • Injection Moulding
  • Production Laundry
  • Production Kitchen

Education Classes:

  • CSCS Card
  • ECDL
  • CAD
  • Literacy (Entry to Level 2)
  • Numeracy (Entry to Level 2)
  • Business Studies
  • Citizenship
  • Career Planning
  • Art
  • Basic Cookery
  • ESOL

The Trackwork programme is very successful in placing learners into employment upon release and is one of a very small number of establishments that offer this training.

We deliver full diagnostic screening to at induction to fully identify any areas of support and assistance that is needed for each individual prisoner.


The Psychology department provides interventions for prisoners to enable them to address their offending behaviour. Enhanced Thinking Skills (ETS) is a 20 session programme that helps develop skills such as problem solving, management of emotions, and communication skills, which in turn can help to reduce re-offending. CALM (Controlling Anger and Learning to Manage it) is 24 sessions long and teaches prisoners how to control their emotions more effectively, particularly in relation to offending behaviour.

In addition, support is provided to help prisoners cope whilst they are in prison with difficulties such as self-harm and anger management, including relaxation training for prisoners on the Violence Reduction Scheme.

The department is involved in a wide range of areas, including research such as MQPL (measuring the quality of prisoners lives) and consultancy for various committees.

Suicide Prevention

Glen Parva as an establishment is committed to the provision of resources to identify and support prisoners in crisis. Reflecting national policy, we use the ACCT system to identify and support those prisoners currently at risk of suicide or self - harm. The support offered is tailored to meet the needs of individual prisoners and involves all disciplines and agencies within the establishment, as well as peer - group support. The latter is provided by Listeners, who are specially selected prisoners trained and supervised by The Samaritans, as well as The Insiders, who are trained by prison staff. This policy is continually updated and reviewed with the aim of ensuring that prisoners have access to care and support equivalent to that available in the community.

Drugs Strategy

All prisoners are assessed by Health Care and Drug Support Services staff on reception. If a drug related problem is identified there are provisions for:

  • Detoxification
  • One to one counselling CARATs
  • Group Work
  • Short Duration Drugs Programme (for short sentence prisoners)
  • P-ASRO (accredited drugs programme)
  • Drug Testing

Glen Parva employs full time drug workers co-ordinated by a full time Drug Support Manager, who support prisoners throughout their sentence and liaise with external agencies to ensure that support is available for prisoners upon release.

There is provision for 300 prisoners on the compact based programme and all prisoners on the enhanced level of the Incentives and Earned Privileges scheme or in key work place positions are subject to compact based drug testing.


Glen Parva is committed to reducing re-offending and, along with other programmes, has a team dedicated to the resettlement of Young Offenders. The team provides practical advice and assistance with employment and housing issues. Members of the team interview all new arrivals at Glen Parva and can help resolve some of the problems associated with imprisonment. Glen Parva has been working closely with organisations such as The Prince's Trust, Age Concern and National Grid Transco to provide courses that promote the opportunity of a settled lifestyle for Young Offenders on release and improved employability.

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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