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HMP-YOI LITTLEHEY Prison Regime Info


Perry Huntingdon Cambridgeshire PE28 0SR

Phone No.

01480 335 000

Governor / Director

David Taylor


Male Cat. C and YOI


East of England

Operational Capacity


Cell Occupancy

Single and double (YOI - single)

Listener Scheme


First Night Centre



Chair: Andrew Mayes
Vice Chair: Clifford Thomas

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Male Cat. C and young offenders.


Littlehey is a category C prison which holds adult men. It was opened in 1988 on the site of Gaynes Hall Youth Custody Centre, and is a purpose-built category C prison.

There are 8 residential units, two of which are 'Ready to Use' units (RTUs), one added in 1997 and the second in 2003.


In January 2010, HMP Littlehey opened a large expansion to its current site to accommodate a population of up to 480 Young Offenders. This has allowed for the addition of four new accomodation blocks, an all weather sports pitch and state of the art Gymnasium, Adult Learning and Kitchen buildings. The regime will focus upon providing Young Offenders with a portfolio of skills and qualifications to change their futures. Employability and functional skills will be at the centre of the establishment's drive towards Reducing Re-offending adding to Littlehey's already successful and forward thinking, integrated regime.


Information in the Regime section applies to both the adult and YOI sections of the prison unless noted otherwise.


Own clothes (adults
T-shirt & jeans only)
Own bedding (enhanced only)
PlayStation (PS2 - enhanced
PS1/GameCube - Standard & Enhanced)
Television (80p per week - adults get terrestrial channels only; YOI get full Freeview)

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07:40 - 12:30, 13:40 - 16:45 & 17:40 - 19:15


07:40 - 12:30, 13:40 - 16:45 & 17:40 - 19:15


07:40 - 12:30, 13:40 - 16:45 & 17:40 - 19:15


07:40 - 12:30, 13:40 - 16:45 & 17:40 - 19:15


07:40 - 12:30 & 13:40 - 16:45


08:10 - 12:30 & 13:40 - 16:45


08:10 - 12:30 & 13:40 - 16:45



17:55 - 19:10


17:55 - 19:10


17:55 - 19:10


17:55 - 19:10


15:00 - 16:40


08:10 - 12:10 & 13:40 - 16:00


08:10 - 12:10 & 13:40 - 16:00

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All sports available to prisoners. Only those in blue available to YOI prisoners;

  • Basket Ball
  • Circuit Training
  • Hockey
  • Indoor Bowls
  • Light Circuit Training
  • Over 40s
  • Over 50s
  • Remedial
  • Soccer
  • Soft Tennis
  • Volley Ball
  • Weight Loss Programme
  • Weight Training

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1 weekday and 1 weekend for adult prisoners.

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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 Littlehey is: David Kinder

Full-time Anglican Chaplain. Part-time Catholic, Free Church and Muslim Chaplains.

Facilities for Hindu, Jehovah Witness, Mormon, Pagan, Sikh.

Facilities can be provided for any other recognised faith

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Dentist Availability

2 days per week

Optician Availability


Physio Availability

2 sessions per week

Podiatry Availability


Stop Smoking Availability

Rolling programme


2 full-time nurses

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 Midlands
East of England
Kent & Medway
North East
South West
Thames Valley
Yorkshire & Humber
Healthcare at this prison is commissioned by:
East of England Health & Justice Commissioning
Primary Care Provider:
HMP Littlehey
Primary Healthcare
Escorts & Bedwatches
Other providers
Cambridge & Peterborough Foundation Trust - Primary and Secondary Mental Healthcare
Urgent Care Cambridgeshire - GP Sessions
Lloyds Pharmacy - Pharmacy
Cambridge Community Services - Dentistry
Cambridge Community Services - Triage and oral health
Cambridge Community Services - Podiatry
Lakenheath - Opticians
Cambridgeshire County Council - DAAT - Drug Treatment Services - IDTS
Cambridgeshire County Council - DAAT - CARATS
East Anglia Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Programme - Digital Retinopathy Screening
M Jawad - Physiotherapy
Phs Group PLC - Other Services - Waste Disposal
OCS Group - Other Services - Clinical Waste
NHS Supply Chain - Other Services - Medical supplies & Surgical Equipments
Mayday Healthcare - Other Services - Nursing Staff
Caroline Brown - Other Services - Medical Summariser


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Milton Keynes College
Chaffron Way Centre, Chaffron Way, Leadenhall, Milton Keynes MK6 5LP
Tel: 01908 684444

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

Education in the YOI section is focussed on functional skills to ensure that students' learning is purposeful and relevant to their needs. Maths and English is embedded into all subject areas enabling learners to access wider learning experience. Student driven courses ensure that all learners benefit from their educational experience giving them the confidence to succeed upon release.


Red = YOI only, Blue = adult only


  • Art & Design
  • Basic Education
  • Business & Finance
  • Computer Studies
  • Cookery
  • Crafts
  • Creative Writing
  • Drama
  • English
  • ESOL
  • Healthy Living
  • Hospitality
  • IT
  • Journalism
  • Key Skills
  • Languages
  • Life and Social Skills
  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Numeracy
  • Nutrition
  • Open University
  • Personal & Social Development
  • Pottery
  • Preparation for Work
  • Radio Station


OFSTED inspect education establishments from schools to colleges to prisons. They inspect education facilities within prisons and have inspected HMP Littlehey

Last Inspection Date: 02/07/2007
To read their report click here

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Vocational qualifications are available in all areas of employment.

Employment and workshops include;

Red = YOI only, Blue = adult only

  • Bricklaying
  • Carpentry
  • Catering
  • Electronics
  • Forklift Truck
  • Gardening
  • Hospitality
  • Horticulture
  • Industrial Cleaning
  • Joinery
  • Laundry
  • Motor Mechanics
  • Orderlies
  • Packaging
  • Painting & Decorating
  • Recycling CDs
  • Sports Studies


Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS
Adult Literacy
Adult Numeracy
Art and Design
BTEC First Diploma in Hospitality
BTEC First Hospitality
Certificate for IT users (ECDL Part 2)
Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Database (Beginners)
Developing Group and Teamwork Communication Skills
Developing Personal Development Skills
Diploma for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Diploma in Accounting
Diploma in Art and Design
Diploma in Bookkeeping
Diploma in Progression (QCF)
ECDL Advanced - Presentations
ECDL Advanced - Spreadsheets
ECDL Advanced - Word Processing
ECDL Advanced Databases
Food Safety in Catering (QCF)
Functional Skills English (QCF)
Functional Skills Mathematics (QCF)
Graphs and Charts (Beginner)
Improving Own Learning and Performance
IT User Skills (ECDL Advanced) (ITQ) (QCF)
IT User Skills (ECDL Essentials) (ITQ) (QCF)
IT User Skills (ECDL Extra) (ITQ) (QCF)
Key Skills in Application of Number - level 1
Key Skills in Application of Number - level 2
Key Skills in Application of Number - level 3
Key Skills in Communication - level 1
Key Skills in Communication - level 2
Key Skills in Communication - level 3
Key Skills in Improving Own Learning and Performance
Key Skills in Working with Others
NQF - Level 1, Business, Administration and Law (SSA 15), PW A
NQF - Level 1, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies (SSA 4), PW A
NQF - Level 1, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
NQF - Level 2, Business, Administration and Law (SSA 15), PW A
NQF - Level 2, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies (SSA 4), PW A
NQF - Level 2, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
NQF - Level 2, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7), PW C
NQF - Level 3, Business, Administration and Law (SSA 15), PW A
NQF - Level 3, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
OCN Entry Level, PW A, Health, Public Services and Care (SSA 1)
OCN Level 1, PW A, Business, Administration and Law (SSA 15)
OCN Level 1, PW A, Construction, Planning and the Built Environment (SSA 5)
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 2, PW A, Construction, Planning and the Built Environment (SSA 5)
OCN Level 2, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 2, PW B, Education and Training (SSA 13)
OCN Level 2, PW C, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 3, PW C, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
Personal Budgeting and Money Management
Presentation (Beginner)
Progression (QCF)
Spreadsheets (Beginners)
Understanding Diversity within Society
Using Cooking Skills in a Domestic Kitchen
Vehicle Maintenance and Repair
Word Processing (Beginners)
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Adult Literacy
Adult Numeracy
Diploma for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Diploma for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Introductory Basic Construction Skills
NQF - Level 1, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B

NQF - Level 2, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B


Current wage for employed

Up to £4.20 - £16.50 (adult) £4.20 - £10.00 (YOI)

Wage for retired / long term sick



£9 (full-time adult and YOI)

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Adult prison

  • ETS
  • SOTP- Core
  • SOTP - Rolling


YOI section

  • ARV (Alcohol related Violence
  • CALM (Controlling Anger and Learning to Manage it)
  • ETS

Both sections of the prison offer peer support to those on Offending Behaviour Courses

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  • Job Club
  • Job Centre+


Family Days Available


Guardian Has To Stay


Own Children




Age Limits

Up to 18 years

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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: 22.3 (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.

Annual Budget: £22,200,000 (2011-12)*
Approx cost per prisoner place (2010): £36,380
*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
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: Jonathan Djanogly (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



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.

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.

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.

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].

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.

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.

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 Dads/Mums
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

Drug Strategy
The Drug Strategy Co-ordinator and Chair of the Drug Strategy Committee is the Head of Healthcare Services, whose aim is to adopt a "whole prison", proactive approach to the use of prescribed and illicit drugs within the establishment. There is a CARATs Team and a RAPt programme as well as an extensive VDT programme.


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.


Last Inspection by HMCIP: 31 October – 4 November 2011 - Unannounced full follow-up inspection
Published: April 2012

Strip-searching was sometimes carried out without sufficient justification


They said:
“HMP/YOI Littlehey contains two adjacent but distinct sites: an adult category C training prison opened in 1988 and a new young offender training establishment opened in 2010. It was clear that the new young offender side had had a very difficult start, but by the time of this inspection it was settling down and outcomes for prisoners across both sites were good or reasonably good against all of our healthy prison tests.

“ Prisoners told us they felt safer than at the time of the previous inspection and this was backed up by other evidence.

“ Escort, reception, first night and induction arrangements were generally sound (although, like many others, the prison was affected by national problems with the new escort contract). Most prisoners told us they felt safe during their first night in the prison.

“ Violence reduction measures were generally effective and the number of fights and assaults on the young adult side compared favourably with similar establishments. Prisoners’ movement around the prison and association was well supervised by officers. The prison had taken a new approach to addressing bullying behaviour based on the incentives and earned privileges scheme, although this was not fully established on the adult site, and a new programme was in place to help staff and young adults avoid aggressive confrontations. The use of force had reduced by about a third over the previous six months. Fewer adults had been placed in segregation than at the time of the previous inspection but the number of segregated young adults was similar to the comparator.

“ Prisoners told us it was far less easy to get drugs in the prison than before and positive random mandatory drug testing rates were low – although tests were missed because of staff redeployment and record keeping needed improvement. Drug treatment services were excellent.

“ The quality of ACCT (suicide and self-harm prevention procedures) documentation was variable but vulnerable prisoners told us they felt well cared for and we saw generally supportive management of some young adults with challenging behaviour.

“ In the context of this improved and largely positive picture, some security measures – particularly on the young adult site – now appeared too restrictive and required review. Young adults were only allowed out of their cells for evening association and meals on alternate weekdays. This was compounded by insufficient activity places for young adults. Too many young adult Muslim prisoners were banned from attending religious services without current intelligence to support the need to do so. Strip-searching was sometimes carried out without sufficient justification. The security department blocked access for up to half of otherwise eligible (enhanced) prisoners who applied to attend family day visits for reasons that were sometimes unconnected to visits.

“ The prison has a delicate balance to strike between achieving a safe and secure environment and one in which restrictions are proportionate and necessary. The balance will change over time and now that the young adult side is more stable, some security restriction should be reviewed.

“ Safety and security are not just a matter of locks, bars and rules. Safety at Littlehey is underpinned by generally good staff-prisoner relationships. Most prisoners, and more than at comparable prisons, told us that staff treated them with respect and that they had a member of staff they could turn to if they had a problem. The prison made striking and imaginative use of prisoners in peer support roles – as Listeners, helping to put new arrivals at ease in reception, providing literacy support on the ‘Toe by Toe’ scheme, as diversity representatives, supporting work with veterans and assisting with a range of resettlement activities. This peer support work was generally more advanced on the adult and the young adult side but it reflected the appropriate and positive expectations most staff had of the prisoners held.

“ The accommodation and grounds were mainly clean and in good condition but the prison had a serious problem with vermin. Some cells designed for one held two prisoners and were unacceptably cramped.

“ Equality was generally well supported. Muslim and black and minority ethnic prisoners were less positive about relationships than the prison population as a whole but were still broadly satisfied with the way they were treated. Support for prisoners with disabilities and older prisoners was good. Provision for gay and bisexual prisoners was better than in most establishments. However, the needs of foreign national prisoners were not adequately met. Work on equality was hampered because equalities staff were frequently redeployed elsewhere. There were signs that staffing levels were stretched elsewhere too. Health services were good but too reliant on locum doctors. At times there was no medical cover at all. Mental health services were excellent.

“ Staffing shortages impacted most seriously on offender management. Offender supervisors had large caseloads and offender supervisor redeployments lengthened the backlog in the reviews necessary to address prisoners’ offending behaviour. The large caseloads made it impossible for offender supervisors to have the necessary regular contact with the prisoners they supervised. Although public protection arrangements were generally sound, telephone monitoring of some prisoners who posed a risk to the public was not carried out. However, practical resettlement support was good.

“ HMP/YOI Littlehey is a training establishment. The prison had a strong commitment to learning and skills. The quality and range of education, training and work was good and achievements were high. Eighty prisoners were enrolled on Open University courses and new vocational workshops had been established. The prison expected high levels of attendance and absences were monitored and followed up.

“ Against this positive background it was therefore disappointing that there were simply too few activity places available for young adults. There were no activity places for a quarter of the young adult population and even with attendance of about 90%, it was not surprising that we found a third of the young adults locked in their cells with nothing to do during the working part of the day.

“ HMP/YOI Littlehey is now a very different prison from the one we last inspected in 2007. The opening of the young adult side in effect created a new prison, and after a difficult start the prison is now performing well. It is now a more stable and, in some areas, a very effective establishment; that enables it to review how it strikes the balance between its central training purpose and necessary security restrictions and ensure that progress continues.”

Nick Hardwick February 2012
HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

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Previous Report
by HMCIP: July 2007 (Announced Full Inspection)

They said:
“HMP Littlehey is a category C prison for adult male prisoners, three quarters of whom are sex offenders. We have previously applauded the way that the prison has been able to integrate all prisoners safely into a single population. This full announced inspection confirmed that Littlehey remained an impressively safe prison, with mutually respectful staff–prisoner relationships, a reasonable amount of purposeful activity and an appropriate focus on resettlement.

“First days at Littlehey were generally well managed and an effective safer custody strategy was in place. Arrangements for those at risk of suicide or self-harm worked well, but antibullying procedures needed to be better understood by some staff. There was little use of illicit drugs. What substance misuse there was revolved around prescribed drugs. There were relatively few adjudications, limited recourse to use of force and little use of segregation.

“The prison was clean and the grounds were well maintained. Staff–prisoner relationships were sound and supported by good personal officer and incentives and earned privileges schemes. While some aspects of diversity were well promoted, managers needed to address the poor perceptions of the prison among black and minority ethnic prisoners and there was an urgent need to improve provision for foreign national prisoners. Despite some good individual care, better support was also required for Littlehey’s increasing ageing and infirm population.

“Health services were adequate, although some waiting lists were long. Mental health in-reach services were particularly well integrated into the work of the establishment. Health service managers needed to continue to work with the local primary care trust to ensure that problems with the over-prescribing of certain medications were properly addressed and progress monitored.

“Most prisoners were allocated to purposeful activity, although there was scope to occupy them better, and the recording of time out of cell overestimated the real situation. The quality of education was good, but opportunities were being missed to accredit skills obtained at work. The very low levels of pay were in the process of being reviewed at the time of our inspection.

“The new resettlement strategy was insubstantial and needed to be informed by better risk and needs analysis, particularly for sex offenders. Offender management was well established, but under-resourced. Nevertheless, there was a wide range of interventions available to address most apparent risks and needs, with impressive work to address sexual offending – including some imaginative work with those who denied their offence. Public protection was generally well managed.

“Littlehey remains an impressive and improving prison, able to work effectively with some very high risk prisoners. It provides a fundamentally safe and respectful environment, in which prisoners are generally occupied purposefully. Some impressive interventions are available for sex offenders. Inevitably, there is scope for improvement but, overall, staff and managers are to be commended on what they have achieved so far.”

Anne Owers September 2007
HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

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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 for IMB Website

Click Here for the latest published Annual IMB Report for this prison (2009-10)

Information in this section has been provided, primarily, by the prison. This information is supplemented with information from the various prison service websites; Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons; information and quotes from recent IMB/Visiting Committee reports; and specialist departments within the Prison Service, government, and regional assemblies/parliaments. Performance and population data is provided by the Ministry of Justice.

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 can be up to three months out of date.

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, please click on ‘Contact’, below.


Updated: January 2014

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