Regime information for Sheppey Cluster (Swaleside) Prison

Swaleside has an active regime with a clear resettlement focus.

We provide the following accredited offending behaviour courses:

  • Enhanced Thinking Skills
  • Cognitive Self Change Programme
  • Cognitive Skills Booster Programme
  • Controlling Anger and Learning to Manage It

Our target is to achieve 195 accredited completions per year.

We also provide a range of non-accredited courses, including victim awareness and anger management.

A 12 steps drugs therapy programme is offered by RAPt, supported by F wing staff and the officer CARATS team. There are 52 places on the Drugs Therapy Unit, with a further 68 places on the supportive voluntary testing unit.

Our education programme, provided under contract from Amersham and Wickham College, covers a curriculum from basic education to Open University courses, with the full-time equivalent of 120 places. In 2004 new classrooms and courses open in the industries complex, offering additional part-time educational opportunities to those in work.

We have a variety of employment activities from industrial cleaning to engineering, from employed PE to working in commercially run industries paying higher wages than the prison service averages. We are currently expanding the range of workplace qualifications available.

Swaleside prison is committed to diversity, and we have a full-time diversity manager whose primary role is to build links with the community and promote our celebration of diversity within the prison. We have a high minority ethnic population of between 30-40%, and a similar number of foreign national prisoners.

From 1 April 2004 the provision of healthcare within the prison became the responsibility of Swale Primary Care Trust as part of the transfer of responsibility for prison health from the Prison Service to the NHS.

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