Regime information for Kirkham Prison

The regime at Kirkham provides for a wide range of Activities, Training and Employment with an emphasis on Resettlement.

Substance Misuse Services - Kirkham offers a diverse range of treatment and recovery services aimed at those with drug and alcohol issues.  The SMS team also carries out drug testing and links in with offender behaviour programmes, mutual aid groups and community services in preparation for release.

Kirkham operates an advice centre that specialises in providing information to prisoners whilst in custody and on release.
Learning and Skills

Kirkham works in partnership with a number of providers to provide learning and skills provision which supports employment engagement, literacy, numeracy and key skills in the development of social and life skills.

Such programmes are designed to reduce prisoners re-offending and assist in sustainable resettlement.

Kirkham's Education Department consists of classrooms in a purpose built building, with a well equipped computer room, training kitchen, there is an extensive curriculum from functional skills to higher education, open learning courses and also a range of evening classes available.

Vocational Training

This is provided by the learning and skills department offering City and Guilds, NVQ training courses, ie Bricklaying, Painting & Decorating and Industrial Cleaning BICS also takes place in the Regimes workshops and Residential Units.

Fork Lift Truck Centre

The FLT centre provides ITSSAR accredited training to staff and prisoners in various types of vehicles, including Counter Balance and Reach Truck and Side Loader courses; we also deliver the Train the Trainer course for the sustainability of the courses and this has evidenced job opportunities after release for the men.


There is a wide range of employment opportunities at Kirkham including, Horticulture, Gardening, Waste Management, Catering, Timbers, Industrial Cleaning, Community work, and a range of Partnerships we have developed from the private sector who operate in workshops.

To develop prisoner skills and experience, once men have progressed their sentence plan and followed the employment cycle in the appropriate manner, they become eligible for our Custody to Work program (C2W), into outside unpaid community work leading onto paid employment with a number of partnerships with national and local employers, who provide placements prior to and on release.

Activities Hub

The Hub provides a wide range of services to all prisoners that offer support during sentence up to the point of release.  Services include: Shelter, National Careers Service, Achieve and Job Centre Plus.


A part time doctor and qualified nursing staff provide for the health needs of individuals. Dental sessions, well man clinics, smoking cessation, podiatry, vaccinations and chronic disease management are examples of healthcare provision.

Gymnasium and Sports

Well equipped gymnasium facility which includes weights area, CV area, snooker (& Pool) & Table Tennis. External activities included Trim Trail, Walking and Bowling.  The centre has a holistical approach with the healthcare and kitchen to ensure the men benefit from correct diet and exercise to suit their individual needs.


Full time Chaplain and part-time cover includes Chaplains from denominations including Muslim, Free Church, Roman Catholic and Anglican. With open access to prisoners the Large World Faith Room and Chapel offer a weekly programme of services and group meetings.

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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