Werrington Prison information


The institution started life in 1895 as an industrial school and was subsequently purchased by the Prison Commissioners in 1955.

Following implementation of the Criminal Justice Act 1982 it converted to a Youth Custody Centre in 1985 and in 1988 it became a Juvenile Centre.
Currently Werrington is one of four establishments the Youth Justice Board (YJB) commission from the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) to provide specialist custodial places for young people aged 15 - 18.

Within NOMS, the Young People’s Estate has responsibility for the management and operational delivery of all under-18 Young Offender Institutions (YOIs). The Youth Justice Board (YJB) commission around 900 places for young men, making it the biggest provider of secure accommodation for young people in England and Wales.

The vision of the Young People’s Estate is:

"To give young people the best chance to turn their lives around by providing them with safe, decent and secure environments that focus on education and personal development and empower them to make positive change, successfully return to the community and lead law-abiding lives."


Ash Bank Road

Tel: 01782 463 300
Fax: 01782 463 301

Governor: Ian Darlington

Accommodation: Most cells are single occupancy and all have integral sanitation.

Operational Capacity: 128

Reception Criteria: Sentenced and remanded young people aged 15 – 18 as directed by the courts.

Latest inspection report: HMYOI Werrington - January 2018 (PDF)

Latest action plan: HMYOI Werrington - June 2018 (PDF)

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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