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HMP-YOI EAST SUTTON PARK Prison Regime Info


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Sutton Valence Maidstone ME17 3DF image of HMP-YOI EAST SUTTON PARK prison

Phone No.

01622 785000

Governor / Director

James Bourke

Category

Female Open and YOI

Region

Kent and Sussex

Operational Capacity

100

Cell Occupancy

Multiple

Listener Scheme

Yes

First Night Centre

No

IMB

Chair: Clare Hudson
Vice Chair: Graham Maple

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East Sutton Park holds both adult and young offender women in open conditions preparing them for resettlement in the community. There are 32 bedrooms: 15 contain two beds and the largest has six beds these can be cramped and lack privacy. Bedrooms are all situated within the main house. Showers are en-bloc and toilet facilities are dotted around the house. The prison carefully selects its prisoners and so is a stable and safe environment.

 

East Sutton Park is an open prison located six miles from Maidstone. In 1954 the first and only open female borstal was established at East Sutton Park which is today the only open female open in the south of England.

The main house is an imposing Jacobean mansion set in 84 acres of grounds with magnificent views over the Weald of Kent. The original building dates back to the 11th century and was on a moated site which can still be seen in the lower fields.

It holds both adult prisoners and young offenders in open conditions preparing them for resettlement in the community.

East Sutton Park is now jointly managed with HMP Blantyre House, a male open
resettlement prison, as the Weald of Kent Resettlement Estate.

 

It is a working prison with a farm, extensive gardens and a profitable farm shop.

 

Accommodation:

All accommodation is in the main house and the original large dormitories have been phased out in favour of smaller bedrooms.

  • 15 double rooms
  • 8 x 3-bedded rooms
  • 7 x 4-bedded rooms
  • 2 x 5-bedded room
  • 1 x 6-bedded room

Reception criteria:
All risk assessed as suitable for an open resettlement prison.

 

Facilities:

Fridge - Freezer
In-cell power
Own bedding
Own clothes (all)
Playstation
Television - shared (£1 per week)
 


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UNLOCKING TIMES


East Sutton park is an open prison - there are no 'Lock-up' times.


ASSOCIATION

Monday

17:00 - 23:00

Tuesday

17:00 - 23:00

Wednesday

17:00 - 23:00

Thursday

17:00 - 23:00

Friday

17:00 - 23:00

Saturday

09:00 - 00:00

Sunday

09:00 - 00:00

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HEALTH & SPORTS


No sports facilities


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LIBRARY


All day Monday - Friday


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FAITH


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.

The Chaplaincy does far more than just pastoral care; they often are able to lend radios, musical instruments and typewriters; they may take part in Sentence Planning and are available as a ‘listening ear’ and are able, sometimes, to help with domestic problems. Most Chaplaincies run various courses and activities which may or may not have a religious theme. Every prisoner has the right to follow their religious practices and attend Chapel for services pertaining to their declared faith (even when segregated).

The Chaplaincy are able to organise faith activities for all main religions (as recognised by the Prison Service; this does not, at present include Rastafarian as a specific religion) and contact faith representatives to visit individual or groups of prisoners for the purpose of religious activities. The chaplaincy can also intercede on matters of religious dress, diet and artefacts. A full list of permitted artefacts can be found in the Glossary Section under Religious Artefacts.

You can contact the Chaplaincy by letter or by telephoning the main prison number and asking to speak to the Chaplaincy. The Chaplaincy works as part of the prison and cannot, therefore, guarantee confidentiality (they can explain this to you in detail). Prisoners can contact the Chaplaincy in person or by Application.

Chaplaincy Statement of Purpose (HMPS)
The Chaplaincy is committed to serving the needs of prisoners, staff and religious traditions by engaging all human experience. We will work collaboratively, respecting the integrity of each tradition and discipline. We believe that faith and the search for meaning directs and inspires life, and are committed to providing sacred spaces and dedicated teams to deepen and enrich human experience. We contribute to the care of prisoners to enable them to lead law-abiding and useful lives in custody and after release.

The Co-ordinating Chaplain at East Sutton Park is: Vacant
 

Part-time Anglican, Catholic and Muslim Chaplains.

 

Arrangements will be made to provide facilities for any faith.
 


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HEALTHCARE

Dentist Availability

As required

Optician Availability

As required

Physio Availability

As required

Podiatry Availability

As required

Acupuncture Availability

As required

Stop Smoking Availability

As required

CPN

As required

InReach Availability

As required

The IMB say;

"The Health Care clinic is held in a separate building adjoining the prison and is well equipped and clean. The waiting area ensures that privacy and confidentiality are maintained for the women during their consultations.
Appointments to see a dentist for routine checkups take up to 6 weeks but within a week if deemed necessary and 24 hours in case of an emergency." 

 


NHS Healthcare Information for East Sutton Park

Prison Healthcare Manager: Caroline Broad
Tel: 01622 845000

PCT: West Kent Primary Care Trust
South East Coast Strategic Health Authority

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)
PALS is there to help when you need advice, or wish to make a complaint. As a patient, relative or carer PALS provide confidential advice and support, helping you to sort out any concerns that you may have about any aspect of your NHS care.

The service aims to:
• advise and support patients, their families and carers
• provide information on NHS services
• listen to your concerns, suggestions or queries
• help sort out problems quickly on your behalf

PALS acts independently when handling patient and family concerns, liaising with staff, managers and where appropriate, relevant organisations to negotiate prompt solutions. If necessary they can also refer patients and families to specific local or national-based support agencies.

Contact Information

Freephone: 0800 0850 850
Email: customerservices@wkpct.nhs.uk

NHS West Kent
Customer Services
Wharf House
Medway Wharf Road
Tonbridge
Kent
TN9 1RE

There is also a Dental Helpline for ALL NHS dental enquiries: 01702 226668
 


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EDUCATION


EDUCATION PROVIDER
The Manchester College
The Manchester College, Offender Learning Directorate, Fielden Compus, Burlow Manor Road M1 3HB
Tel: 0800 068 8585

Career Information & Advice Services (CIAS)
Tribal Education Ltd
Head office: 87-91 Newman Street, London W1T 3EY
Tel: 020 7323 7100
 


Classes include;

  • Art
  • Basic Education
  • Computer Studies
  • Cookery
  • Creative Writing
  • English
  • Key Skills
  • Life and Social Skills
  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Music
  • Numeracy
  • Open University

 


OFSTED INSPECTION

OFSTED inspect education establishments from schools to colleges to prisons. They inspect education facilities within prisons and have inspected HMP-YOI East Sutton Park

OFSTED NUMBER: 52229
Last Inspection Date: 15/04/2008
To read their report click here
 


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VOCATIONAL TRAINING


Employment and workshops include;

  • Catering
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture
  • Industrial Cleaning
  • Laundry

 

The farm has rare breed pigs, sheep, 5 beef cattle and 17 livery horses.

There is also a profitable farm shop: In addition to working in the prison based shop, the team attends local farmers’ markets in the surrounding area where they also sell the flowers, vegetables and home grown pork and lamb as well as the highly acclaimed range of sausages that are prepared at the prison. 

 


Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS
 
Adult Literacy
Adult Numeracy
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Diploma for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Diploma for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Emergency First Aid for Appointed Persons
Food Safety in Catering (QCF)
Health and Safety at Work
Key Skills in Communication - level 2
Key Skills in Communication - level 3
Non-externally certificated - Entry Level, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
NQF - Level 1, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW A
NQF - Level 2, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing (QCF)
NVQ in Hairdressing
QCF provision - Level 1, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
QCF provision - Level 2, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A

Understanding Business Enterprise Activities (QCF)


CURRENT WAGES

Current wage for employed

£1.25 per session

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OFFENCE FOCUSED COURSES


Drug Importers


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RESETTLEMENT


Job club

Job Centre+

 

Links with the local community are good, with women working for charities such as Heart of Kent Hospice, Age Concern and St Giles Trust as well as organisations including; Maidstone Borough Council, Sainsburys, Chaucer Hotel and the Nightingale School
in London.

Towards the end of their sentence, and after a period of voluntary work, most women are eligible to go out to paid work; but they must save at least 50% of their earnings for when they are released.

Those eligible for release on temporary licence, ROTL, are taken to Headcorn Library where they learn to use the computers to find work and to fill in application forms. They are helped to prepare a CV and a portfolio of their work and achievements.


FAMILY DAYS

Family Days Available

Yes

Guardian Has To Stay

No

Own Children

Yes

Grandchildren

Yes

Age Limits

Up to 16

No of Visitors Permitted

No limit

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


PRISON PERFORMANCE
Ministry of Justice Performance Rating for this prison: 3
This is on a scale from 1 (serious concerns) to 4 (Exceptional) and is worked out by the Ministry of Justice taking into account 34 criteria such as overcrowding, purposeful activities etc. A score of 3 is considered a good performance. Published quarterly.

Average weekly hours of Purposeful Activity: 45.4 (2010)
This figure is supplied by each prison to the Prison Service. Actual hours are usually dependent on activities etc. and should be taken as the maximum time either in workshops or education over a whole week.
Both of these figures are published retrospectively by the MoJ and HMPS and may have changed since the figures were published but they give a simple comparison between prisons.

 


PRISON BUDGET
Annual Budget: £2,600,000 (2011-12)*
Approx cost per prisoner place (2010): £48,842
*The annual budget allocated to the governor covers all major costs of running the prison but excludes most costs related to education and healthcare.
 


Parliamentary Information
CONSTITUENCY: Faversham and Mid Kent
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: Hugh Robertson (Conservative)

Prisoners may write to either their ‘Home MP’ or the MP in whose constituency their current prison lies.
The address to write to is:
House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA

 


COMMUNICATIONS

Telephones
Most prisons now have PIN phones. Your relative or friend usually needs to apply to have your name and number on his/her telephone account. You will usually receive a call from the prison to check who you are and to ensure you are happy for them to call you. Prisoners cannot receive telephone calls.

There is no restriction on who prisoners can call except in the case of calls to journalists intended to be broadcast. In some cases child protection measures may mean extra checks on who they call.

Prisoners can normally make calls only during ‘association’ periods. Some prisons limit the length of time a call can last to avoid queues and people being disappointed. Prisoners’ telephone calls are very expensive; calls to landlines now cost 10p per minute and 37.5 p to mobiles (compared to 2p in a public phone box). In most prisons the phone calls can be listened to and/or recorded.

If a prisoner is newly convicted or transferred they should be offered an immediate ‘Reception’ phone call to tell you where they are. It may take a few days for numbers to be transferred or added.

Letters
When you write to a prisoner you must include your full name and address. In most prisons the letters are searched and can be read before being given to the prisoner.

You can write about anything but letters must not be obscene, name ‘victims’, or be a threat to discipline or security. Do not enclose any items with letters. Make sure you put sufficient postage to cover the costs (anything bigger than A5 counts as ‘large’). Prisoners can normally receive a ‘reasonable’ number of letters per week.

If you send greetings cards these should be of reasonable size and not padded or pouched. Do not send musical cards. If you are sending more than one card put them all inside one outer envelope, this saves postage. Remember to include your full details (you could put your details on a ‘Post-It’ note stuck to the card or include a letter which has your details).

Always put the prisoner’s full name and prison number. If the person has been moved their mail will be forwarded.

On conviction or transfer a prisoner should be given a ‘Reception’ letter to write to tell you where they are.

Prisoners are given a free letter each week to post out, they can send more, but at their own expense. Some prisons allow you to send in stamps.

Photographs
You can usually send in photographs but in some prisons these must not include any image of the prisoner. Child protection measures may mean that some prisoners may not receive pictures of children, unless they are their own and were not ‘victims’. If you send pictures of children include an explanatory note identifying who the children are and their relationship to the prisoner.

Money
It is not a good idea to send cash, this can get ‘lost’ in the prison. Prisons prefer postal orders, but you could send a cheque. Make these payable to ‘H M Prison Service’, write your name on the back and also the prisoner’s full name and prison number. Any money sent which is deemed to be ‘anonymous’ can be stopped.
Money you send is paid into the prisoner’s ‘Private Cash’ account and they get access to a certain amount (depending upon IEP) each week [currently £15.50 for Standard prisoners].

Visits
For full information about visits please refer to our ‘Visit Info’ section for this prison. Visits are very important to prisoners. At most prisons you may not give any item to the prisoner. Any items you wish to give them must usually be posted to the prison, and often after the prisoner has placed an ‘application’ for authorisation to have it sent in. The items which can be posted in are very limited. Check with the prisoner first and wait until they confirm that you can post it.

Emergencies
If there is a serious emergency - close family serious illness, death, or other reason you need to inform the prisoner immediately, you should telephone the main prison number and explain the problem to the operator who will transfer you to the appropriate person. If you are unhappy about their response redial and ask to speak to the Chaplaincy. Prison staff will not pass on general messages but only critical and very urgent messages. You should provide full details of the prisoner including their number.

Support and Advice
There are many very good charities and agencies who offer support and advice to people with family or friends in prison. We have a special section ‘Help/Support’ which has details and contact information for many of these. Do not hesitate or feel shy about calling any of these; they are there to offer support and advice.

EMAIL A PRISONER
This service operates at this prison. Email a Prisoner enables you to send messages to prisoners, in the UK and Irish prisons that operate the service, from any computer, without any of the hassles of writing and posting a letter, and it costs less than a second class stamp!

Your message is delivered to the prison within seconds so that it can be delivered to the prisoner by the prison staff in the next delivery.

It is free to sign up to Email a Prisoner and only takes a few seconds - all you need is an email address (EMaP can help you if you don't have an email address).

Once a member you will be able to send a message to any prisoner in the UK or Ireland, provided you know their prisoner number, from just 25 pence per message.

Click Here for link to Email a Prisoner website

 

Story Book Mums/Dads
Story Book Dads/Mums operates at this prison.
The imprisoned parent records a story and a message which is then edited and enhanced using digital audio software and editors remove mistakes and add sound effects and music. Finally a CD is made, a personalised cover created, and the finished disc sent to the child. The whole service is free.


Click Here for more information
 


Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP)

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons for England and Wales (HMI Prisons) is an independent inspectorate which reports on conditions for, and treatment of, those in prisons, young offender institutions and immigration detention facilities. They provide independent scrutiny of the conditions for and treatment of prisoners and other detainees, promoting the concept of 'healthy prisons' in which staff work effectively to support prisoners and detainees to reduce reoffending or achieve other agreed outcomes.

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (HMCIP) is appointed from outside the Prison Service, for a term of five years. The Chief Inspector reports to Ministers on the treatment of prisoners and conditions in prisons in England and Wales.

The Inspectorate’s programme of inspection is based on a mixture of chronology and risk assessment. Full inspections run on a five or three year cycle; all unannounced follow-up inspections run on a risk-assessed basis.

Full inspections
Prison establishments holding adults and young adults are inspected once every five years. Establishments holding juveniles are inspected every three years. This type of inspection lasts for at least one week. The Inspectorate collects information from many sources, including the people who work there, the people who are imprisoned or detained there, and visitors or others with an interest in the establishment. Inspection findings are reported back to the establishment’s managers. Reports are published within 16 weeks of inspection. The establishment is then expected to produce an action plan, based on the recommendations made within the report, within a short period following publication.

Full follow-up inspections
Follow-up inspections are unannounced and proportionate to risk. In full follow-up inspections inspectors assess progress made and undertake in-depth analysis of areas of serious concern identified in the previous full inspection, particularly on safety and respect.

Short follow-up inspections
Short follow-up inspections are also unannounced and conducted where the previous full inspection and their intelligence systems suggest that there are comparatively fewer concerns.

Escort inspections
Three escort inspections are conducted every year.

Pre-inspection visit
One month prior to each full announced inspection, an inspector will visit the establishment to plan the inspection and request a range of preliminary information. In addition, researchers will attend to conduct a confidential survey of a representative proportion of the prisoner population. Results from the prisoner survey are provided for inspectors prior to the inspection and constitute an important source of evidence.

The inspection
All inspections are conducted against the Inspectorate's published inspection criteria, 'Expectations'. Expectations' are based on international human rights standards, as well as Prison Service Orders and Standards, and over all issues considered essential to the safe, respectful and purposeful treatment of prisoners in custody and their effective resettlement.
'Expectations' is the document which sets out the detailed criteria HMI Prisons uses to appraise and inspect prisons. These criteria are used to examine every area of prison life, from reception to resettlement, including;

• safer custody
• health services
• good order
• work
• diversity
• resettlement

The concept of a healthy prison is one that was first set out by the World Health Organisation, but it has been developed by this Inspectorate, and is now widely accepted as a definition of what ought to be provided in any custodial environment. It rests upon four key tests:

• safety: prisoners, even the most vulnerable, are held safely
• respect: prisoners are treated with respect for their human dignity
• purposeful activity: prisoners are able, and expected, to engage in activity that is likely to benefit them
• resettlement: prisoners are prepared for release into the community, and helped to reduce the likelihood of reoffending

Post-inspection action
Inspection reports are published within 16 weeks of the inspection. Prior to publication, the Prison Service (or whoever is responsible for the establishment) is invited to correct any factual inaccuracies within the report. The establishment is then expected to produce an action plan, based on the recommendations made in the report, within two months of publication. A progress report on the action plain is produced after a further 12 months.

 

HMCIP REPORT
Last Inspection by HMCIP: 21 – 25 November 2011 - Announced inspection
Published: April 2012

Safe, Decent and Effective

They said:
“East Sutton Park is an unusual prison. It consists of a Grade II listed, 15th century country mansion complete with farm overlooking the Kent countryside. It is one of only two women’s open prisons. And it provides unusually good outcomes for both the women it holds and the public as a whole.

“ The prison is small – it holds only 100 women and those it does hold are carefully selected as being suitable for open conditions. To that extent, comparisons with other women’s prisons need to be treated with caution. Nevertheless, many aspects of East Sutton Park epitomise what a good women’s prison should be.

“ East Sutton Park is a very safe place. There were supportive reception and induction arrangements, although some women found joining established groups in dormitories or in the communal dining area intimidating. There was very little bullying. Formal disciplinary procedures were little used and generally fair but managers needed to be vigilant that staff did not enforce petty and unnecessary rules. While there had been no incidents of self-harm for some time, women at East Sutton Park had many of the same experiences and vulnerabilities as other women in prison and the recent withdrawal of a well used counselling service had left a real gap. Illicit drug use was virtually non-existent so some testing procedures seemed unnecessary. While generally welcoming the introduction of the integrated drug treatment service (IDTS) to prisons we also queried the need for substantial investment in such a service at East Sutton Park where women should first have completed recovery programmes.

“ Relationships were a real strength backed up by an excellent personal officer scheme. The general environment was impressive but living conditions for most women in small and cramped dormitories were very poor and the lack of privacy caused tension. There was good work on diversity but as neither East Sutton Park nor Askham Grange, the only other women’s open prison, are accessible to women in wheelchairs they are unfairly denied access to open conditions. The prison received few foreign national women but late decisions by the UK Border Agency meant that some women who were successfully established at East Sutton Park were removed to closed conditions when a deportation decision was made – in one case just two days before expected release.

“ Good external work and training opportunities in the community helped prepare women for release but some education and resettlement activities were hindered by the lack of internet access. There was a commendable whole prison focus to resettlement with good outcomes reflected in very positive reports from probation officers we contacted about recent releases. Practical resettlement work was enhanced by the Vision team, whose prisoner peer support workers provided a very effective service. Women were appreciative of the opportunities they had to maintain contact with their families but it was still not possible to receive incoming calls from their children and the continuing ban on the use of mobile phones in the prison was hard to justify.

“ There are still issues to address but East Sutton Park provides a safe and decent environment for the women it holds. It works hard to ensure effective resettlement and therefore to reduce the risk of reoffending. Although there are obvious differences, it has features that could usefully be replicated in other women’s prisons.”

Nick Hardwick February 2012
HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

Click Here to read the full report
Previous Report
 


Independent Monitoring Board

By law every prison and immigration removal centre must have an Independent Monitoring Board. IMBs in prisons derive their responsibilities from the Prison Act 1952 (Section 6). Prison Rules dealing with IMBs are numbers; 74 to 80

IMBs were known as ‘Boards of Visitors’ and are still referred to in the legislation under their old titles, although this is likely to change in the near future.

The Independent Monitoring Board for each establishment is made up of independent and unpaid volunteers from the local area. They monitor the day-to-day life in the establishment and ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained. Members have unrestricted access to all areas of the prison at all times and can talk to any prisoner they wish, out of sight and hearing of a members of staff. They visit all areas such as; kitchens, workshops, accommodation blocks, recreation areas, healthcare centre and chaplaincy.

If a prisoner or detainee has an issue that they have been unable to resolve through the usual internal channels, they can place a confidential request to see a member of the IMB. Problems might include concerns over lost property, visits from family or friends, special religious or cultural requirements, or even serious allegations such as bullying. In addition, if something serious happens at the prison, for example a riot or a death in custody, IMB members may be called in to attend and observe the way in which it is handled.

IMB members sample food, can attend adjudications and should visit people held in the segregation unit. They must also be kept informed on such issues as the use of restraints.

The IMB meets regularly, usually once per month, and has an elected Chair and Vice Chair. Members work together as a team to raise any matters of concern and to keep an independent eye on the prison.

 

CLICK HERE - to read the latest IMB reports for any prison.
Click on the year and then select the prison.
 

INFORMATION
 
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: April 2012
 



 



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