|200 Springfield Road Chelmsford Essex CM2 6LQ|
Governor / Director
|Male Cat. B and YOI|
|East of England|
|Single and double|
First Night Centre
Chair: Nicholas Adams
Vice Chair: Graham Herbing & Diana Platts
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Chelmsford is a category ‘B’ local and Young Offender Institution. The older part of the establishment houses four wings spurring off of a central hub: A wing is the segregation unit, B and C wings accommodate a mixed population, the majority young prisoners, and D wing houses vulnerable prisoners. The newer part of the prison has a 12-bed, 24-hour health care unit, E wing is for the integrated drug treatment system unit, F wing is the induction unit and G wing houses enhanced and older prisoners.
Built from 1830 onwards as the county jail, it has been used as a long term category B (prior to the introduction of the dispersal system), a young person's prison and a local prison since 1987.
The Every Step project at HMP Chelmsford has won the Offender Learning category of the BECTA Next Generation Learning Awards for 2010 has won a top award. 'Every Step' is a Colchester based organisation that helps prisoners in Chelmsford with literacy and numeracy skills
Two new houseblocks were opened in 1996 to relieve overcrowding.
There are 7 wings;
Normal Reception arrangements for a Local Prison. HMP & YOI Chelmsford accepts prisoners direct from courts within its catchment area, adult males and Young Offenders, convicted or on Remand.
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|07:40 - 12:30 & 13:30 - 17:00|
|07:40 - 12:30 & 13:30 - 19:00|
|07:40 - 12:30 & 13:30 - 19:00|
|07:40 - 12:30 & 13:30 - 19:00|
|07:40 - 12:30 & 13:30 - 17:00|
|08:30 - 12:30 & 13:30 - 17:00|
|08:30 - 12:30 & 13:30 - 17:00|
1 hour per day, Monday – Friday. 07.40-08.40 Domestic Time
Tue, Wed and Thu: 16.30 – 19.00
2 hours each day with no Evening Association
HEALTH & SPORTS
• Active IQ- Fitness Instructor Level 1 and 2
Nine periods of 2,5 hours
Education - 2 x 1.5 hours
The Library is serviced by 'Essex Library'
The library stocks CDs and has a computer for legal research.
Also running in the Library:
Every prison has a Chaplaincy department managed by a Co-ordinating Chaplain and supported by admin staff, other Chaplains and ‘Sessional Chaplains’ (faith leaders who visit for specific services or sessions). The Chaplaincy is considered an important part of the prison structure. When a prisoner arrives at a prison they are usually seen by a Chaplain within 24 hours and are invited to register as a specific religion (if they haven’t already done so) and can change their declared religion at any time.
Full-time Anglican Chaplain and 3 visiting Catholic and 1 Free Church Chaplain who regularly visit every week.
Facilities for other faiths including Mormon, Orthodox, Sikh, Hindu, Jehovah Witness and a Buddhist Chaplain.
Activities run in the Chapel include;
|2.5 days per week|
|Twice a month|
Stop Smoking Availability
|Daily, as required|
Prison Healthcare is now commissioned by NHS England:
NHS England, PO Box 16738, Redditch B97 9PT
Tel: 0300 311 22 33
Link: How to make a complaint:
Complaints about Healthcare should be made first through the formal internal complaints system
There are seven Commissioning Trusts for ‘Offender Health’
East of England
Kent & Medway
Yorkshire & Humber
Healthcare at this prison is commissioned by:
East of England Health & Justice Commissioning
Primary Care Provider:
Connaught House, 850 The Crescent, Colchester Business Park, Colchester, Essex CO4 9QB
Tel: 01206 752 552
Escorts & Bed Watches
The Atrium - Primary Mental Healthcare & substance misuse
North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust - Secondary Mental Healthcare
North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust - Psychiatry
North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust - contract held by county council - Drug Treatment Services - IDTS
Westminster Drugs Project - Substance Misuse Psychosocial Service
The college provides a broad curriculum including literacy, numeracy, information technology, art, barbering, journalism, cookery, ESOL and a wide range of social and life programs.
Life and Social Skills
Also: LearnDirect - IT
Single Portion Packing
Accredited qualifcations available include;
Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS
Basic ESOL Course, Entry Level
Basic ESOL Course, Level 1
Basic Literacy Course, Entry Level
Basic Literacy Course, Level 1
Basic Literacy Course, Level 2
Basic Numeracy Course, Entry Level
Basic Numeracy Course, Level 1
Basic Numeracy Course, Level 2
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Cleaning Operators' Proficiency Certificate
Construction Skills Certification Scheme
Diploma for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Diploma for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Introductory Basic Construction Skills
Non-externally certificated - Entry Level, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW C
Non-externally certificated - Entry Level, Health, Public Services and Care (SSA 1), PW B
Non-externally certificated - Entry Level, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
Non-externally certificated - Entry Level, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7), PW C
Non-externally certificated - Level 1, Construction, Planning and the Built Environment (SSA 5), PW C
Non-externally certificated - Level 1, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
NQF - Level 1, Construction, Planning and the Built Environment (SSA 5), PW A
NQF - Level 1, Construction, Planning and the Built Environment (SSA 5), PW C
NQF - Level 1, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
NQF - Level 1, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7), PW C
NQF - Level 2, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
NQF - Level 2, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7), PW C
OCN Entry Level, PW A, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Entry Level, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Entry Level, PW C, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7)
OCN Level 1, PW A, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 1, PW A, Health, Public Services and Care (SSA 1)
OCN Level 1, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 1, PW C, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 1, PW E, Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care (SSA 3)
OCN Level 2, PW A, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 2, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 2, PW C, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 2, PW C, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7)
OCN Level 2, PW E, Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care (SSA 3)
OCN Level 3, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 3, PW C, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
Understanding Business Enterprise Activities (QCF)
Unitisation (approved external qualification) Entry Level, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14) - ESOL
Unitisation (approved external qualification) Entry Level, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14) - Literacy
Vocational study not leading to a recognised qualification, Health, Public Services and Care (SSA 1)
Current wage for employed
|£8 - £13.75|
Wage for retired / long term sick
OFFENCE FOCUSED COURSES
Enhanced Thinking Skills (ETS)
Short Duration Programme (SDP)
HIAS contract awarded to Nacro to secure accommodation on release (retain or relinquish on entry to custody). Nacro also run a Tenancy Awareness course once a month
ELS contract awarded to Nacro to secure employment or education/training on release.
(ESF/NOMS contract) awarded to Serco (subcontracted to Seetec) to secure employment/training for those in Essex via referral into mainstream provision. Both deliver by 1:1 specific appointments and engage with employers/providers in the community.
CIAS contract awarded to Tribal to deliver IAG through custody and referrals to IAG on release. JCP conducts job searches via their Labour Market System and refers to JCP provision on release (eg New Deal). Business Link deliver a Business Start-up awareness session once a month.
Debt: F2F Debt contract awarded to Saxon Citizens Advice Bureau to deliver 1:1 appointments for anyone with debt concerns, and a Money Matters course once a month to up skill prisoners in managing their finances. Via the Nacro ELS contract prisoners are able to apply for photo ID (citizenship card) and a bank account on release.
JCP close benefits on entry to custody and ensure anyone needing benefits on release is booked an appointment. JCP also help with social fund applications.
Ormiston Trust facilitate monthly childrens’ visits and run a You + Your Child OCN accredited course 4 times per year. Resettlement, Mudpies and Essex Libraries jointly delivery the Story Time Learning intervention to promote healthy relationships through learning.
There is a dedicated Resettlement Centre that acts as a ‘one stop shop’ for all resettlement needs. It is a central point of information, signposting or direct programs/interventions.
Most key resettlement agencies are permanently based within the Resettlement Centre (with others delivering their services there).
There are 3 set interventions that every prisoner will be asked to attend; which are Induction, Resettlement Review, and Resettlement Discharge clinic. All 3 are multi-agency and a chance for the prisoners to address any concerns or outline actions needed with all agencies covering all 7 pathways at one time – creating one plan for one prisoner.
ROTL opportunities for resettlement: Forklift truck licence course at ALT in Witham. Work experience at Fitness First, outside gardens and cleaning work experience (outside grounds of HMP Chelmsford), cleaning at Visitors Centre, visits to family to maintain family ties and we are in the early stages of securing work placements at 2 local window fabricator companies for general labour and training.
Agencies working within the prison include:
Family Days Available
Guardian Has To Stay
|Babies and children up to 16|
No of Visitors Permitted
|One adult with a reasonable number of children|
Story Book Dads/Mums
Prison Video Link (PVL)
If court hearings are not taking place it may be possible for solicitors, barristers and Probation Officers to hold interviews with a prisoner via video link to save having to visit the prison.
The facility is also available to assist the Parole Board in dealing with oral hearings.
It should be noted however that court hearings must take priority.
At other times, operational reasons may mean bookings are refused or cancelled at short notice.
To book the Video Link facility telephone: 01245 272000 ext 2242
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP)
Independent Monitoring Board
CLICK HERE - to read the latest IMB reports for any prison.
Click on the year and then select the prison.
Information in this section has been kindly provided by the individual prison and the Ministry of Justice. This is supplemented with information from various government websites, Inspectorates and IMB reports and specialist departments within the Prison Service, government, and regional assemblies/parliaments.
Some of the data is published retrospectively: IMBs/Visiting Committees publish their reports up to 6 months after the end of the reporting period and at different times throughout the year, HMCIP publish their reports up to 6 months after the inspection. Population and performance figures are the latest published but can be considerably out of date.
Please Note: Information is constantly changing: The information on our website is regularly checked but if you have additional information, or if you believe that any of our information is incorrect or any links appear to fail please click on ‘Contact’, below.
Before acting upon any information you are advised to contact the prison directly to ensure there have been no recent changes.
Last Update: January 2014
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