Regime information for Leeds Prison

Learning and skills

The main aim of learning and skills is to:

  • increase employability, self employment and business venture skills 
  • focus on increasing literacy and numeracy levels
  • deliver quality learning and skills 
  • achieve qualification achievement targets and improve the quality of provision

We will achieve this by:

  • embedding learning and skills in all regime activities 
  • promoting learning & skills as a means to enhancing employment options 
  • providing a comprehensive and coherent learning and skills provision for all offenders
  • ensuring full budget realisation

In each six week period the Learning & Skills Department offers over 6,000 student class session places in a variety of subjects.  It delivers in excess of 40,000 teaching hours per year and over 2,000 Advice and Guidance hours.  Offenders are able to access learning & skills provision for 50 weeks per year.

It is important that we are able to plan individually, and all offenders are offered an introduction to Employment, Training Support (iTES) where we assess Basic Skills Agency Screening Tests and match the career aspiration to the learning, skills and work offer.  Screening tests are a key tool to ensuring that those with low level literacy, numeracy or need ESOL are allocated to classes rather than work

It is an aim of the Learning and Skills Function to ensure that every offender has a learning and skills pathway that is matched to a realistic career plan, and that this is used by the activities function to sequence work, learning and skills allocations.

Offender management

The Offender Management Function was created by bringing together the Resettlement and Regimes work teams under one managerial line. The aim of the Offender Management Function is to work closely with key agencies and voluntary and community providers to deliver effective and purposeful sentences to encourage successful reintegration and resettlement into communities, within the Offender Management Model.

The core work of the function is driven through the establishment Resettlement Strategy which links directly to the Regional Reducing Re-Offending Action Plan (RRRAP).

The RRRAP identifies 9 Pathways to Reduce Re-Offending and these form the bedrock upon which the work of the team is based.

Nine pathways to reduce re-offending

1. Accommodation

HMP Leeds works in partnership with Shelter to enhance offender access to appropriate housing and support services. Ensuring that offenders receive timely, accurate housing advice and support, preventing homelessness and enabling access to accommodation on release enhancing opportunities for rehabilitation and community integration.

2. Education, Training & Employment

Educational and work opportunities at HMP Leeds are designed to increase the educational and vocational qualifications of offenders through completion of basic skills awards at entry level, level 1 and level 2.

3. Mental & Physical Health

Healthcare provision is delivered through Leeds Community Health Trust, incorporating a range of primary care, mental health and substance misuse services within NHS clinical standards and governance. Interventions are equivocal to the community ensuring that individual needs are considered within a Health and Justice Treatment pathway.  

4. Drug & Alcohol Misuse is targeted for intervention upon reception by Leeds Community healthcare and Lifeline specialist drugs workers. The substance misuse team offers expert clinical interventions and Lifeline provides arrange of interventions such as 121 work on harm minimisation and group work interventions such as relapse prevention. This is delivered within the ‘Recovery Wing’ and works with community groups such as NA and AA.

5. Drug & Alcohol Misuse is targeted for interventions upon reception by Healthcare and Lifeline specialist drugs workers. Leeds Community Healthcare offers a range of substitute prescribing with a robust reviewing process.   Lifeline provides a range of psychosocial interventions on the Recovery Wing in partnership with prison officers.  Recovery focused group work is delivered on a daily basis by Lifeline, Officers and Recovery Champions.  Peer support is at the heart of the Recovery wing along with information, advice and guidance from specialist workers and healthcare professionals.  Regular sessions that use a peer support model such as SMART Recovery, Narcotic Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous are delivered on the Recovery Wing and accessible across the establishment.

6. Finance, Benefit & Debt

Advice is provided through partnerships developed with CAB and JC . Through these partnerships we aim to ensure offenders receive timely and accurate debt counselling and are capable of managing money to reduce motivation to gain property and finance by illegal means.

7. Children & Families of Offenders

are recognised as an important part of each offenders support structure. The ‘Fathers Inside' programme can help offenders maintain and develop relationships with family and community, to support reintegration and rehabilitation.

8. Attitudes and Thinking Behaviour

Is a key role for OM staff, using pro-social strategies to develop problem solving abilities. The use of the Offender Assessment System (OASys) in sentence planning work is used to target appropriate interventions to change anti-social behaviour and thus reduce the risk of harm and re-offending.

9. Voluntary Sector Involvement

Runs through all the strands of the RRRAP. HMP Leeds is committed to working with Voluntary and Community Sector partners to deliver effective offender management and rehabilitation. Links with Jigsaw, Nacro/Move and the Community Chaplaincy Project are clear examples of this commitment.

Phases II & III of the Offender Management Model are now well embedded into this core work with Offender Supervisors allocated for all eligible prisoners. The structures to support a fully functioning Offender Management Unit are in place and HMP Leeds is able to deliver an effective custodial element as part of the ‘seamless sentence'.

Healthcare Unit

Leeds Community Health provides clinical intervention within the 6 bedded in patient unit.  This is specifically for short term assessment for both mental and physical health needs with specialised input from mental health, in reach services and the Primary care nursing team.  Research and Clinical developments can be viewed on the Leeds Community Trust Website

In-Reach Team

The In-Reach Team is a robust secondary care provider with the prison environment, working in partnership with the in-house primary care service of the prison.

Drug Strategy 

Prisoners presenting with a drug problem are identified during the reception process as part of a comprehensive medical screening, aided by experienced substance misuse workers. The “joined up” approach between the Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service and Drug Intervention Teams helps the identification of priority cases, and enables the various agencies to intervene from initial arrest through to post release work. Within the prison the Safer Custody initiative, coupled with medical detoxification and prescribing facilities have resulted in a fully co-coordinated treatment facility for abusers of opiates and other Class A drugs. This is being further developed through the delivery of the interventions on the Recovery Wing.  HMP Leeds is committed to providing an environment that is safe and suitable for prisoners to begin a recovery journey from any substance that has affected their lives.  A zero tolerance policy to illicit substance misuse, diversion of medication and possession of illegal substances is adopted alongside therapeutic options that create a culture that encourages and inspires change.  

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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