About the Prison
Styal is now the only female establishment in the North West.
During 2005/6 Styal completed a Performance Improvement Project which resulted in the addition of various facilities, programmes and initiatives:
The 'First Night Centre' was highlighted as best practice in a report published by the Howard League in 2006. The unit provides support for women during their first 48 hours in custody and includes access to healthcare, probation and other agencies within the prison.
Willow House, opened August 2006, is a living unit designated for the sole use of young offenders. An adolescent focussed regime is supported by prison staff, teachers, youth workers, healthcare staff and case managers.
The Support and Intervention Unit (Keller) has ten cells, one of which is a safer cell, which are all certified as normal accommodation. In addition to these, there is a special cell and a sensory room. The Support and Intervention Unit aims to provide a safe, healthy and supportive environment which is conducive to the individual needs of the women, who have complex needs, who would benefit from intensive work and intervention enabling them to be re-integrated back into the main prison population. The unit is aimed at adopting a more pro-active and interactive approach towards prisoner's with complex needs without the use of segregation.
Planning permission has been obtained and is currently on hold, to further develop the site with the ultimate potential of providing accommodation for up to 800 prisoners with a wide variety of needs. It is the Governors aim that future development plans take into account the unique needs of women in custody and allow Styal to achieve it's goal – to be the ‘Best Women's Community Prison'.