Regime information for Stafford Prison

There are a number of offending behaviour programmes delivered at the prison which target the criminogenic needs of our residents, these include four accredited offending behaviour programmes:

  • Kaisen
  • Horizons
  • Healthy Sex

The Programmes Group is also involved in multiagency public protection work, working with other departments and agencies (Police, Offender Management Unit, Probation, Social Services and Community Psychiatric Service) in order to effectively manage offenders upon release.

Offender management

All offenders are allocated a dedicated offender supervisor upon reception. This nominated person will remain with them throughout their time at HM Prison Stafford. Offender supervisors liaise with external offender managers and other agencies to assist with sentence planning.

Education and Vocational training centre (VTC)


  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Computerised Accounts
  • Graphic Design
  • Mentoring
  • ICT & ITQ
  • Creative Techniques
  • Creative Arts
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Food Safety
  • Resettlement

All education classes lead to nationally accredited qualifications.


VTC is delivered by Milton Keynes College and opened in April 2009, offering qualifications in:

  • Bricklaying
  • Carpentry
  • Industrial Cleaning
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Plastering

Additional learning support is offered to learners by Learning Support Practitioners who work with learners to provide a successful intervention process that identifies any difficulties and ways of working through the Hidden Difficulties Questionnaires which identifies any additional support learners may need.

The Education Department and the Vocational Training Centre work closely to the Every Learner Matters agenda, eg rewarding positive behaviour, challenging inappropriate behaviour, treating learners with respect and structuring lessons to take into account the needs and interests of learners.

Student Support Workers are used as an intervention when learners become disengaged to try and avoid removal from courses. Behaviour contracts will be actioned if deemed necessary.

The Virtual Campus has been installed at the prison and is now hybrid. Tutors have received training on the use of the Virtual Campus and can utilise as part of the individual lessons. The Virtual Campus Coordinator will be timetabling access for all VTC, Education and the prison as a whole to utilise this valuable resource. Virtual Campus is proving to be a valuable resource for residents.

Careers information and advice (CIAS)

CIAS is delivered by National Careers Service (NCS), a team of part time advisors led by a team leader. All residents have the service NCS provide explained to them during their induction in order to ensure they are aware of the learning and skills offered within the prison and how these link to opportunities upon release. Midsentence reviews are carried out with residents to review goals and offer support with research of employment and training opportunities pre-release.

PE department

The PE department is managed by the Learning and Skills Manager with seven PE Supervising Officers. An extended and refurbished gymnasium was opened in December 2008. Facilities include a sports hall, fitness suites, weights rooms, classrooms, a treatment room and an outdoor synthetic surfaced playing area. The PE department delivers 54.5 hours of contact time per week, comprising of 33.75 hours during the core day, 8.75 hours of recreational PE in the evenings and 12 hours of supervised PE at weekends. Drug and Alcohol Recovery Services and General Practitioner referrals are accommodated within the PE programme. There are a wide range of courses available including Get Fit for Life, First Aid at Work, NOCN Weights and Active IQ.  The Senior Support Group are in attendance three days a week and a comprehensive health champion scheme is also in place.

Industries department

Industries comprises nine industrial workshops delivering contracts for external agencies, one textile workshop and tailoring workshops for the production of items for the Prison Service, and a laundry serving the establishment. Qualifications are available in the Laundry delivered by Stoke College.  The workshops employ 259 residents each day. The Reclamation department undertakes the waste management and recycling operations for the establishment and the Gardens and Horticulture department maintains the grounds.


Staffordshire Library Services provide the library provision. There is one Library Supervisor (23hrs) and five part-time Library Assistants providing 41 hours of library provision that resembles as closely as possible an 'outside' library but within the prison regime. There is a flexible learning centre at the back of the library offering a study centre for learners on distance learning courses.

The library facilitates the recording of Storybook Dad readings, supports the Sharon Trust, holds Writer in Residence sessions and monthly meetings take place between library staff and the Learning and Skills Manager in order to track current projects and propose ideas for new developments. Library staff attend induction programmes to welcome and join members to the library.

The library facilitates the recording of Storybook Dad readings, supports the Sharon Trust and holds quarterly meetings between library staff and the Learning and Skills Manager in order to track current projects and propose ideas for new developments. Library staff attend induction programmes to welcome and join members to the library.


Led by a Catering Manager with a team of seven caterers, 20 residents are employed to prepare meals, with qualifications available in food safety.  Pre-select menus are available to all residents and all diets are catered for. In 2008, 2009 and 2011 the department won the Vegan Society Gold Star Award for the menu offered to vegan residents. We were last inspected by the Environmental Health Officer (Staffordshire County Council) on 1 October 2014 and were awarded the highest 5* mark. The department links with the Chaplaincy department and the Equalities Committee to cater for religious festivals and celebrations throughout the year.


Managed by a full-time Managing Chaplain, with a team of part-time and sessional chaplains working to support residents of all faiths and no faith or belief. A full provision of weekly services, study groups and meetings for faith groups and belief groups are offered and a Living with Loss course is delivered, supporting those dealing with bereavement and loss issues. Pastoral support is offered to all residents across the establishment.  Facilities include an Ecumenical Chapel, a Mosque, a Multi-Faith Room and a small meeting room. There is also a small team of official prison visitors who befriend residents. There are links with community chaplaincies in the area.


Healthcare is provided by Care UK. Cover is provided during the day, every day, by a team of general and mental health nurses, support workers and administration staff. There is no in-patient facility.  Commissioned services include part-time GPs, a mental health in-reach team, sexual health team, dental service, podiatry, optician, physiotherapist, GUM clinic and an IDTS service. There are nurse led interventions available in chronic disease monitoring and advice, primary mental health, smoking cessation, vaccination, Chlamydia screening, well man clinics and anxiety management.


The Segregation Unit is located on D1 landing and contains 12 cells which have been refurbished in recent years. Residents are also managed under the incentives and earned privileges scheme (IEP) as set out in PSI 30/2013.

Drugs and alcohol services

Lifeline are committed to providing an effective and tailored recovery service for HM Prison Stafford. Every service user will be offered the opportunity to achieve a substance and crime free life through delivery of an individual package of care. HM Prison Stafford’s service model integrates substance misuse services firmly within the establishment and the wider community, delivering recovery, reintegration and reducing offending outcomes.

Evidence based interventions are delivered in response to assessment and recovery planning, ensuring that service users receive the right level and type of intervention at the right time. HM Prison Stafford’s service model includes vigorous monitoring of quality, treatment effectiveness and value for money.

Clinical treatment interventions to support recovery are fully embedded within the Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service Team.  Every resident who engages with the service will be allocated a Recovery Coordinator who will facilitate an overall recovery plan, whilst also delivering a range of psychosocial interventions, group work and wraparound recovery support. All interventions, including clinical treatment, are represented within a single recovery plan. All parties involved in delivering the plan will attend regular recovery plan reviews. Integrated governance systems ensure safety and effectiveness and treatment interventions delivered by the service team.

Prison shop

Residents are able to purchase canteen items from the contract provider Booker/DHL. Over 375 lines are available which include provision for vegans.  Separate arrangements are in place for purchases by minority ethnic groups.

Rehabilitiative culture

A key part of the Governments agenda on prison reform is the introduction of a ‘rehabilitative culture’.  HMP Stafford is delivering the ‘rehabilitative culture’ by using citizenship as its core theme.  Central to our strategy is our vision of ‘returning citizens, not offenders to our communities’.

Active citizenship

Citizenship at Stafford is delivered in two parts, ‘Active Citizenship’, which focuses on building the foundation level skills of taking an active role within our community, respect for others and taking personal responsibility for their rehabilitation.  ‘Returning Citizens’ focuses on activity in preparation for release and how they will become a meaningful citizen on return to the community.

Active Citizenship and Returning Citizens are not mutually exclusive and there is significant overlap, however defining it in two parts allows us to organise our activity taking account of the Ministerial Priorities and the expectations set by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons.

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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