Lancaster Farms Prison information
Opened in March 1993 as a Remand Centre/Young Offender Institution.
The establishment's capacity was increased when a new residential unit was opened in June 1996.
In May 2001 Buttermere and Windermere Units were re-roled to dedicated Juvenile Units (Under 18's).
The establishment re-roled again in 2008/09 and is now the sole dedicated Young Offender Institution for the North West.
Stone Row Head
Tel: 01524 563450
Governor: Derek Harrison
Operational capacity: 530 as of 01 April 2013
Accommodation: Mainly single cells with some doubles.
Reception criteria: HMYOI Lancaster Farms is a dedicated closed YOI establishment with four main residential units housing convicted young adults (aged 18-21). There is a small population of IPP prisoners. The establishment predominantly serves offenders from the North West (Lancashire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester area).
Regime: Activities include Learning & Skills, providing a range of education courses, Workshops (including Painting & Decorating, Bricklaying, Joinery, Wall Tiling, Electrical Installations, Arts, IT, Catering, Motor Vehicle, Waste Management,), Horticulture, Farms & Gardens, Industrial Cleaning, Hospitality, Physical Education, Digital Publishing, Employability Skills and Business. More recently, we are piloting a production workshop with a local business.
An Offending Behaviour Programme (Thinking Skills) is offered to appropriate prisoners (Accredited). We also offer a non-accredited A – Z course. Restorative Justice Conferencing takes place.
Several partners are on-site, including Lancashire Probation Service, Manchester College, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, National Careers Service (Merseyside Connexions Partnership), Jobcentre Plus, CRI (substance misuse commissioned service), SOVA, POPs, Shelter and The Prince's Trust.